Iowa priest goes viral for celebrating Mass for snow-bound group

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) — Father Patrick Behm of Le Mars confessed to being overwhelmed by all the attention. “I’m just happy being a simple priest,” he insisted. That “simple priest” went viral on social media for celebrating Mass Jan. 23 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Father Behm was returning with others from the Diocese of…

Pro-life pilgrims stuck on highway in snow find fellowship, blessings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Catholic youths from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were among those stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike overnight on the way home from the annual March for Life in Washington. And they had stories to tell that include attending an impromptu roadside Mass complete with a snow altar. “Each…

Pope accepts resignations of St. Paul archbishop, auxiliary

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Pope Francis accepted the resignations June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis and named coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of Newark, New Jersey, a canon lawyer, to be apostolic administrator of the Minnesota archdiocese. In a statement, Archbishop Nienstedt…

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis files for bankruptcy protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Jan. 16 that it is filing for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota to settle clergy sexual abuse lawsuits. “I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those…

Lawyer says agreement ‘a new day, new way’ in church response to abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — With a historic courtroom in downtown St. Paul as the backdrop, attorney Jeff Anderson and officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Oct. 13 announced a settlement of one of the first cases filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. They also released a history-making agreement to work…

Investigation clears Twin Cities archbishop

March 14, 2014, edition The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced March 11 that it has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis after police conducted what they termed an “extensive investigation” following an allegation that the archbishop inappropriately touched a minor during a group photo session after a confirmation…

Crises in the church

Deacon from St. Paul-Minneapolis: God gives us what we need to get through difficult times February 28, 2014, edition By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit We shouldn’t be surprised when God allows us to experience trials. Instead, we should turn to him humbly and continue living our faith as well or better than we…

Outside firm to review files of clergy in the archdiocese

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has hired the Los Angeles-based firm of Kinsale Management Consulting to review clergy files as part of an archdiocesan plan to take a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of clergy sexual misconduct. Kinsale Management, which provides consulting services for executives in businesses, is headed by its founding…