Amid scandals, donors rethink gifts to Archdiocese


The Star Tribune reports that some notable big-dollar donors to the Catholic church are no longer giving to the troubled Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the wake of priest sex scandals.

The newspaper reports that among the wealthy donors rethinking their gifts to the church are James R. Frey, president and CEO of the Frey Foundation of Minnesota, and Minneapolis hotelier and political candidate Jim Graves. Graves told the Star Tribune that Archbishop John Nienstedt's leadership "has lost a lot of effectiveness."

Several donors told the newspaper they would withhold donations until Nienstedt was replaced. One longtime Twin Cities Catholic church donor and lawyer told the Star Tribune that he fears the church has not made all the information about scandals public. “I don’t think you can underestimate the depth of the feelings in the Catholic community, the outright anger."

Nienstedt has said he does not plan to step down and points to a number of his efforts aimed at fixing the damage, including an outside review of clergy files.

The archdiocese has been reeling from more than a month of bad publicity related to a number of scandals – and how the church responded to them.

Pressure has been mounting on Nienstedt. Several Twin Cities priests, including the Rev. Bill Deziel, who heads a 6,000-member church in North St. Paul, have publicly said the church would benefit from new leadership. The Rev. Stephen O'Gara, a popular pastor of the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, accused Nienstedt of arrogance. "It's the first time, I must say, in 69 years that I'm embarrassed to be Catholic," O'Gara said, MPR News reported.

Next Up


St. Cloud State blanked by UMass in national championship game

Minnesota had three teams in the Frozen Four but didn't claim the national title.

BLM mural in West St. Paul.

Minnesotan's fight to save his BLM mural gets international coverage

West St. Paul told Ryan Weyandt the art violates city code.

Alex Rodriguez

Reports: Alex Rodriguez part of group finalizing deal to buy Wolves, Lynx

The former MLB will become part-owner of the Wolves and Lynx.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Accumulating snow expected in parts of Minnesota on Monday

Far northwestern Minnesota stands the best chance for higher snow totals.

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.53.51 PM

Police looking for 'person of interest' in connection to woman's killing

The public is advised to avoid approaching him and to call 911.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 10

Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in Minnesota.

Gabe Kalscheur

Gabe Kalscheur announces he's transferring to Iowa State

The former Gopher guard entered the transfer portal last month.


Asked about restrictions, Walz says Minnesota is in a 'hold pattern'

Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan is urging people to stay home to slow the spread.

walz and zapko

Watch: Beloved MN sign language interpreter profiled on Today Show

Nic Zapka's work made her an internet celebrity last year.

White Bear Lake Area High School

White Bear Lake students hold walkout over racist social media comments

School officials are investigating the anonymous Instagram account.