Jeff Anderson Files "Public Nuisance" Lawsuit Against the Diocese of New Ulm

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Jeff Anderson (left) and Mike Finnegan hold photographs, respectively, of Father Michael Skolik and Bishop John LeVoir
Father Michael Skoblik is suspected of abusing children at all six of the parishes where he served between 1940 and 1989, the year of his death.

You've probably never heard of him, and there's a good reason for that. He finished his career in New Ulm -- the only diocese in Minnesota that refuses to release its list of 12 "credibly accused" priests.

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Joseph Jeyapaul, fugitive priest, may finally come back to Minnesota to stand trial

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Photo of Joseph Jeyapaul posted on the Diocese of Crookston website
Father Joseph Jeyapaul served for one year at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, Minnesota, and returned to his native India in 2005 ahead of two allegations of sexual abuse involving teenaged girls.

Both girls, according to church documents, were considering religious life as a vocation and had reached out to Jeyapaul for advice. One said the priest had kissed her inappropriately. The other, Megan Peterson -- who has since come forward -- alleged that he'd masturbated in front of her, groped her, and forced her to give him oral sex.

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Father Richard Jeub preyed on vulnerable women and girls, church records show

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Photo of Richard "Dick" Jeub courtesy of Jeff Anderson & Associates
In April 1991, a woman approached Kevin McDonough, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with a sordid tale. As a girl in Edina, she'd twice attempted suicide -- all to show Father Richard Jeub how badly he'd been treating her.

Their relationship ended one night when another priest found the girl on Jeub's bed. She was taken to the hospital. He was transferred to another parish in St. Paul, where he switched assignments with Father Jerome Kern, another holy man suspected of abuse.

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Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota's connections to radical Islam

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On the same day news broke about the second Minnesotan who died fighting for ISIS in Syria having a security clearance at MSP, Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dinging Obama for not doing enough to prevent Minnesotans from traveling to the Middle East and putting their lives on the line for the cause of radical Islam.

"I was troubled by the President's recent suggestion that the Administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of ISIL's activities in Syria," Franken wrote earlier this week (ISIL and ISIS are both acronyms for the same group). "The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota. In addition, the Justice Department should coordinate with the State Department and the Homeland Security Department to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join forces with ISIL."

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Second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria reportedly had security clearance at MSP

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Abdirahmaan Muhumed pic via Facebook
Abdirahmaan Muhumed grew up in Minneapolis, but he became the second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria this summer. (We wrote about the first, Douglas McCain, a week ago.)

But perhaps the scariest aspect of Muhumed's story is what he was reportedly doing for work before leaving America. According to Fox 9, he worked at MSP cleaning planes and had a security clearance giving him unfettered access to the airport's tarmac.

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Douglas McCain, former Minnesotan, killed while fighting for terrorist group in Syria

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Douglas McCain via Facebook
NBC News broke the news yesterday of a 33-year-old American who grew up in Minnesota and died over the weekend fighting with ISIS in Syria. Citing White House officials and the Free Syrian Army, journalists identified the man as Douglas McAuthur McCain -- one of only a "small handful" of "foreign jihadis" believed to have joined the al-Qaeda spinoff.

Before moving to San Diego, McCain attended two schools, one in New Hope and one in Plymouth, between 1997 and 1999, according to Robbinsdale Area Schools. His classmates described him as a "goofball" who loved to play basketball. According to his Twitter account, he "reverted" to Islam around 2004. Public court records -- which document a couple of run-ins with police -- suggest he stuck around the Twin Cities until at least 2006.

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Father Thomas Stitts may have confessed to sexually abusing boys before death

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Father Thomas Stitts, courtesy of Jeffrey Anderson & Associates
Father Thomas Stitts had been dead for mere days before his colleagues began digging up his spirit.

In a "STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL" memo dated November 22, 1985, then-Bishop Robert Carlson writes of Stitts's possible exploits with boys. Rumors were circulating that, before the cancer got him, Stitts had come clean about his "moral activity" and named similarly abusive priests in a letter.

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Kenneth LaVan, accused priest, kept working for archdiocese until 2014

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As a bishop, Robert Carlson was responsible for sniffing out sexual misconduct. It was February 1985, and he'd just gotten through interviewing Father Kenneth LaVan and a married woman who'd slept with the priest after his repeated and aggressive advances.

She was scared, she said, because he'd begun appearing outside her home and crashed a family trip to the beach. The woman's husband confronted LaVan, and he responded by giving a sermon the following Sunday about those who would not forgive.

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Tom Lyden grills Archbishop Nienstedt on his sexuality and anti-gay views [VIDEO]

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Lyden interviews Archbishop Nienstedt as one of his handlers looks on.
Last week, embattled Archbishop John Nienstedt did the media rounds, granting one-on-one interviews to most local outlets. (Our invitation must've gotten lost in the mail...)

Fox 9 reporter/anchor Tom Lyden's interview with the archbishop was especially noteworthy. Lyden, who's married to a man he's been in a relationship with for more than two decades, grilled Nienstedt about his own sexuality and anti-gay views. The line of questioning culminated in the archbishop acknowledging that his beliefs about the sinfulness of same-sex sexual relations don't seemingly make much sense at all.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt refuses to step down despite mounting pressure

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Scene from a deposition
Archbishop John Nienstedt is digging his heels in the ground.

Despite growing evidence that he downplayed or ignored signs of sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he's decided not to resign from his post. Instead, he promised Wednesday to lead the region's Catholics to "a new and better day."

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