• In Minnesota, hundreds file lawsuits over sex abuse

    In Minnesota, hundreds file lawsuits over sex abuse

    • May 7, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. In that time, more than 800 people have brought abuse claims against churches, the Boy Scouts, schools and a children’s theater company. Previously unknown offenders have been exposed.

  • Theologians’ brief in Little Sisters case may lead to compromise

    Theologians’ brief in Little Sisters case may lead to compromise

    • May 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind. Although many briefs get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out. In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement better known as the “Little Sisters of the Poor” case,

  • So far, no proof of a ‘Francis effect’ in 2016

    • May 7, 2016

    Six months before the general election, analysts say the necessary polling has not been done to offer a clear picture of Catholic voter attitudes in 2016 regarding the presidential race or on key issues. But they expect polls in coming months to shed light on Catholic voters’ preferences in a

  • Catholic case for Trump is about jobs and wages

    • May 6, 2016

    Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, it is worth looking at where we Catholic voters stand in relation to the statements he has made and positions he has taken as a candidate for our nation’s highest office. Trump has been controversial to the point

  • Former Twin Cities prelate accused of ignoring family member’s abuse

    Former Twin Cities prelate accused of ignoring family member’s abuse

    • May 5, 2016

    Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis, who resigned in June 2015 amid controversy over his handling of sexual abuse allegations, now has been accused of failing to act when a member of his own extended family was molested by a fellow priest. The charge comes in a May 4 report

  • Nuns want big energy company to reveal lobbying efforts

    Nuns want big energy company to reveal lobbying efforts

    • May 5, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two Catholic religious orders want to know more about the lobbying efforts of Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, with holdings in Canada and Latin America as well. The Charlotte Observer reported on Wednesday that the sisters of two