- Apr 9, 2021
At the end of April, Father Kevin Gillespie and the staff at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., will hold a special meeting. Their task: Figuring out the right balance between pre-pandemic and pandemic ministry right now, while the world waits for an elusive post-pandemic future.
With local hospitals tightening restrictions for entering the rooms of patients with COVID-19, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis is addressing an important pastoral need — administering the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to those suffering from the illness who are in danger of dying.
People piled into their cars April 12 and waited bumper-to-bumper in a line that stretched eight or nine blocks from I-94 to the street in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul to accept an Easter blessing from Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
A St. Paul native mentored by a legion of local Catholic women is at the helm of an urgent mission to train church leaders and help them respond to the sex abuse crisis.
In January 2014, Archbishop John Nienstedt, then the leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, charged his subordinates with investigating allegations of sexual misconduct that had been made against him, but an auxiliary bishop says that investigation was “doomed to fail.”
In the aftermath following claims from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that Pope Francis knew about misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and ignored them, Viganò’s own handling of a sex abuse crisis in the U.S. has come into sharp focus.
Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has given a series of talks ahead of the anniversary of ‘Humanae Vitae.’