Additional Statement Regarding David Haas

From Tim O’Malley, Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment: Since my June 16, 2020 statement, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received additional reports from women in different parts of the country alleging that David Haas engaged in inappropriate conduct with them in the 1980s, when the women were young adults. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: It is with great joy and gratitude to Pope Francis that I congratulate Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy on his appointment as the next bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Continue reading

Statement Regarding David Haas

From Tim O’Malley, Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment:  As stated in a June 14, 2020 response to Catholic News Agency, in 2018 the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received two reports from another diocese that David Haas acted inappropriately with two adult women at an event in another state. Continue reading

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: The video of George Floyd in police custody Monday evening is gut wrenching and deeply disturbing. The sadness and pain are intense. Let us pray for comfort for his grieving family and friends, peace for a hurting community and prudence while the process moves forward. Continue reading

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding New Executive Order Allowing Larger Faith-based Gatherings

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda:   I wish to let you know of an important breakthrough in our state that will allow for greater worship opportunities for all Minnesotans as we together address the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Walz will issue a new executive order that allows faith communities to accommodate up to 250 people for worship services, provided precautions are taken to protect public health. Continue reading

Thomas Johnson Steps Down as Ombudsperson, Replacement Named

From the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Twin Cities attorney Thomas L. Johnson recently announced he is stepping down from his position as ombudsperson for clerical sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis – a role in which Tom has served since January of 2018. The former Hennepin County Attorney cited health challenges as the reason for his decision. Continue reading

Events Canceled or Postponed

In response to concerns regarding COVID-19/coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have been canceled:  Continue reading

Archdiocesan Synod Process Delayed

From the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Despite the great momentum for the Synod and the participation of more than 8,000 people in pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Events, the Covid-19 pandemic is requiring the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to alter the Synod schedule. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Gov. Walz’s Stay-at-Home Order

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda: Governor Tim Walz this afternoon ordered Minnesotans to stay home for two weeks – beginning Friday night – to try and further contain the spread of COVID-19 and buy time for our health care system to prepare. Continue reading

Virtual Holy Week Retreat Announced

From the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: In the event that the State of Minnesota’s request that residents refrain from large gatherings continues through the middle of April to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is offering a virtual Holy Week retreat and inviting all to participate. Continue reading

Archbishop Hebda Suspends Public Masses in Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: State Officials have communicated to religious leaders that the next two weeks are critical for the containment of the COVID-19/coronavirus and that all congregational gatherings should be avoided. While I am sure that the advice is startling for those of any creed, it particularly hits hard for Catholics, given our beliefs about the Mass and the Eucharist. Continue reading

Statement Regarding New Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting System

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting (CBAR) system became operational this morning. The Bishops of the United States approved the national reporting system following Pope Francis’ May 2019 apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church.  Continue reading

Statement Regarding Catholic Schools Closures

From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Vicar for Catholic Education: Across the twelve-county territory of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are 91 Catholic schools with over 3700 employees serving over 29,000 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.  Continue reading