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Bishop Michael Hoeppner

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Current Role Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota Official Web Site: http://www.crookston.org/ Mailing Address: 1200 Memorial Drive, Crookston, MN 56716, USA Telephone: (218)281-4533 What Has Been Reported Hoeppner is the first U.S. bishop to be investigated for coverup under Vatican’s new sexual abuse protocols Hoeppner was caught apparently lying under oath about the coverup of abuse. Hoeppner […]

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Vatican Officials: Swiss Bank Suspected of Money Laundering Led to Pell Conflict

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The Holy See’s relationship with a disreputable Swiss bank triggered an internal dispute between the Secretariat of State and Vatican financial authorities. At the center of the conflict was a multimillion-dollar line of credit used to fund a controversial investment in London property speculation. Sources inside the Vatican’s Prefecture for the Economy confirmed to CNA […]

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Former New Jersey Priest Charged With Abuse

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A Roman Catholic priest who was stationed throughout various churches in Middlesex County was taken into custody Wednesday in Ocean County. He is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor between 13 and 16 years old, reported MyCentralJersey.com. The priest is Patrick Kuffner, 72. Three different people have now come forward […]

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Pope Francis Says Religious Fundamentalism is a ‘Plague’

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Interreligious dialogue is an important way to counter fundamentalist groups as well as the unjust accusation that religions sow division, Pope Francis said. Meeting with members of the Argentine Institute for Interreligious Dialogue Nov. 18, the pope said that in “today’s precarious world, dialogue among religions is not a weakness. It finds its reason for […]

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Case of Notorious Calvert Hall Priest Cited in Recent Report on Clergy Abuse

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The case of a notorious Baltimore-area Catholic priest is cited in a recent report as a key example of how church officials shuffled clergy accused of sexual abuse, leaving more children at risk. Church leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut knew about allegations against Laurence Brett in the 1960s, according to an independent review of how the […]

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Insurers Face Wave of Costly Child Sex-Abuse Claims

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New state laws encouraging child sex-abuse victims to come forward are expected to spur a wave of lawsuits against insurance companies. Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C., have laws going into effect this year that extend or eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex-abuse claims against alleged abusers or the institutions they were affiliated with, […]