Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

 An update from Archbishop Hebda on our bankruptcy status. 

Read the article here as it appeared in the 4/9/17 bulletin.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Archdiocese has received numerous calls and emails regarding the ad from Catholics for Choice that appeared in today’s (Monday) Star Tribune.  The ad was placed in newspapers all over the country and is part of an ongoing campaign by the group.  I have been told many of our parishes have been contacted about it, as well.  To help you answer questions if people want to know what the Church is saying about it, here is the link to a statement from the Minnesota Catholic Conference:

 Catholic News Service is also working on a story about the national effort of the group and a thorough story about it should be posted Tuesday on

Thank you for all you do to minister to this local Church!

 Tom Halden, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis


TO BE USED JULY 30-31, 2016
In June 2015, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office brought civil and criminal charges against the Archdiocese alleging a failure to protect children in the handling of a former priest, Curtis Wehmeyer.  In December 2015, the Archdiocese settled the civil claims and entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney.  The criminal case remained pending.
The Archdiocese appeared in Court on July 20 to report on its progress implementing its child-protection protocols under the civil Settlement Agreement.  The report was accepted by the Judge and the Ramsey County Attorney.  The civil case will remain active until February 2020 and the Archdiocese will file periodic progress reports with the Court until then. 
You may have also read or heard that the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office dropped the criminal charges against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  That concludes the criminal proceedings.  The Archdiocese will continue to work with the Ramsey County Attorney to implement the Settlement Agreement as part of its ongoing commitment to protect children. 
Please continue to pray for healing and peace for all of those who have been abused, pray for priests, and pray for the Church – that it is a safe and welcoming place for all. 

 Read here to learn more about the Archdiocese Plan for Reorganization.  Reorganization Q&A

Dear Victims/Survivors of sexual abuse by clergy,

 I want you to know that I am saddened by what has happened to you and reminded of this sadness every time I hear about this issue.  I am very sorry that you were hurt so deeply by a member of the clergy.  By coming forward with your story, you will be a part of improving the Church so that this does not happen again.  Please see the link below which features three adult survivors and their perspective. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Tony VanderLoop


June 15, 2015 Archbishop John Nienstedt submits his resignation.  Fr. Tony offers his reaction to the breaking news. 



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