Coverage: Priest misconduct in archdiocese

  • The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is under fire as allegations of clergy abuse and lack of public punishment broaden.

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Attorney Jeff Anderson, center, attends a press conference with victims, left, and clergy, right, to discuss a settlement with the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese.

Richard Dusterhoft, director of the Ramsey County attorney's criminal division; Jill Gerber, the assistant director of the division; and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced updates Friday in 10 criminal investigations into alleged priest sex abuse.

This May 16, 2014 photo from a video deposition provided by Jeff Anderson & Associates, shows former priest Thomas Adamson, who is at the center of a lawsuit against the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese in which a settlement was announced Monday.

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla held a news conference on Tues...

Winona Bishop John Quinn said the diocese “has worked diligently” to enforce abuse prevention protocols.

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla held a news conference on Tues...

“When I was 17 … I was overwhelmed by fear. It was unthinkable to have a priest — who is the hand of God — have his hand on a child’s body.’’ Jon Jaker, on Wednesday.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi issued a plea Tuesday for victims to continue to come forward, despite any barriers posed by the statute of limitations.

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Thomas Adamson is seen while being deposed in a lawsuit. Adamson admitted to sexually abusing at least 10 boys.

Archbishop John Nienstedt

The Rev. Kevin McDonough has been a diocese point person in priest sexual abuse cases.

Archbishop-designate Robert Carlson speaks at the press conference to...

Harry Flynn, former archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, pictured in 2007.

At Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina, archbishop Nienstedt acknowledg...

One year after the Minnesota Child Victim’s Act was passed by the Legislature, the Catholic Church in Minnesota has been hit by a legal cyclone. A woman who stepped forward this year to report abuse because of the law change was photographed recently in attorney Jeff Anderson’s St. Paul office.

Attorneys watched video of the deposition of the Rev. Kevin McDonough during a news conference on Thursday.

Ash Dias reflected on the archbishop’s deposition as he left St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday evening.

Attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, far right, showed clips of a deposition with Archbishop John Nienstedt to members of the media Tuesday morning.

Archbishop John Nienstedt

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapo...

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapo...

The Cathedral of St. Paul.

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

At Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina, archbishop Nienstedt acknowledg...

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer

One victim’s story: Brian Herrity’s family blames abuse by priest for his “path of destruction.”

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

Archbishop John Nienstedt spoke with reporters after he gave a homily Sunday morning at Our Lady of Grace church in Edina in which he apologized for the handling of priest sexual misconduct cases.

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapo...

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney and Tom Smith, St. Paul Police Chief...

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapo...

Bishop Donald J. Kettler, on Nov. 7, 2013, during his installation mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud.

John Nienstedt, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapo...

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith, left

Archbishop John Nienstedt

St. John's Abbey bell tower and church in Collegeville, Minn.

This Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 photo shows the Diocese of Winona office in...

Between masses at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina, Archbishop John Nienstedt spoke directly to the media for the first time in months.

In a Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 photo, Archbishop John Nienstedt blesses...

Attorney Jeff Anderson spoke at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Kathy Lauwagie, of Maplewood, braved the cold and wind along with mor...

Diane Plocher, of Mayer, braved the cold and wind along with other pro...

The Cathedral of St. Paul. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli...

The Cathedral of St. Paul.

Al Michaud, 52, recounted how he was abused by the Rev. Jerome Kern in 1977 in support of another victim who is suing the archdiocese.

Francis Hoefgen

Father Kevin McDonough, left, in a 2002 file photo.

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Edina -- Our Lady of Grace Parish, located...

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Archbishop John Nienstedt

An usher held the door for a group of nuns as they arrived for a Penitential Holy Hour prayer service Sunday night at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Father Kevin McDonough, left, in a 2002 file photo. House members say McDonough, the former vicar general of the archdiocese, personally lobbied them to maintain the statute of limitations.

Christopher Wenthe

The Rev. Kevin McDonough in 2002.

Archbishop John Nienstedt

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla held a news conference on Tues...

Archbishop John Nienstedt

Rev. Harry J. Flynn gave the invocation at University of St. Thomas' n...

The Rev. Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota, in a 2002 file photo.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson

The Rev. Andrew Cozzens

We have new information, and there are more questions than we have answers, St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla said.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests offered leaflets on Sunday to churchgoers in St. Paul.

Archbishop John Nienstedt, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO JENNIFER Jennifer Haselberger, seen in a...

Jennifer Haselberger, seen in a Sept. 10, 2013, photo, was canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis until her resignation in April.

Effective immediately: Rev. Peter Laird’s decision to quit “was his decision alone,” the archdiocese said.