Announcements

Statement Regarding Affidavit in John Doe 1 Lawsuit

Today, it was brought to our attention that Jennifer Haselberger, former Chancellor of Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, provided an affidavit in the case of Doe 1, which is a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and Thomas Adamson. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Joseph Wajda

Joseph Wajda is included in the John Jay list, which is posted on our website. We offer our assurances that today we handle things differently regarding priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Internal Investigation

From Archbishop John Nienstedt: Upon my direction, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is conducting an internal investigation involving allegations made against me. Continue reading

Statement Regarding Archbishop Nienstedt

Several months ago, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received claims regarding alleged misbehavior involving Archbishop John Nienstedt. The claims did not involve anything criminal or with minors. Continue reading

Catholic Spirit wins news awards

The Catholic Spirit garnered three first-place awards, two second places, a third place and a cluster of honorable mentions in the annual newspaper competition of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The awards were presented June … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Deacon Joseph Damiani

From Bishop Andrew H Cozzens At the request of the Clergy Review Board, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt has temporarily removed Deacon Joseph Damiani from ministry while an investigation is reopened regarding a previous allegation of a sexual abuse of a minor.  Deacon Damiani has … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Rev. Joseph Gallatin

From Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis At the recommendation of the Clergy Review Board and the Episcopal Vicar for Ministerial Standards, Very Rev. Reginald Whitt, O.P., I am placing restrictions on the ministry of Rev. … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Francis Hoefgen

From Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens Francis Hoefgen was charged today with first degree criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County Court. Court documents indicate the reported abuse occurred from the spring of 1989 to the fall of 1991. Hoefgen is … Continue reading

Statement: Deposition of Fr. Kevin McDonough

In today’s deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough responded to questions about his involvement with the archdiocese’s handling of matters involving allegations of clergy sexual abuse while he served as Vicar General between 1991 and 2008, and Delegate for Safe Environment from … Continue reading

Statement: Priest Returns to Ministry

This past weekend, Father David Barrett returned to public ministry at Masses at the parish of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague after a five-month leave of absence related to past sexual misconduct. Father Barrett’s return to ministry as an assistant … Continue reading

Statement: Deposition of Archbishop Nienstedt

In his deposition, Archbishop John Nienstedt repeatedly stated that the safety of children is the archdiocese’s highest priority. He responded to questions about the tragedy of sexual abuse by clergy, and how the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis handled … Continue reading

Statement: Ramsey County Court Hearing Regarding Doe 1 Case

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing before Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North in the Doe 1 case. We look forward to working with the Court, the opposing … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Ramsey County Court Decision

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis looks forward to working with the Court, the opposing parties and the special master in complying with today’s ruling by Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North in the Doe 1 … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Archbishop John Nienstedt

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis appreciates today’s announcement by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office that they have declined to file charges against Archbishop Nienstedt. As a result of today’s announcement, the archbishop will now resume all of his … Continue reading