This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt had been accused of touching the buttocks of a boy during a photo session. He will return to ministry immediately.
Commentary: One way to stop people from doing wrong is to punish them for doing wrong. It's an approach that St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic officials might consider.
A motion filed Thursday could put the brakes on a possible deposition of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese filed a motion late Thursday night asking District Judge John Van de North to stay his decision from earlier in the week that depositions be taken of Nienstedt and former vicar general Fr. Kevin McDonough.
Among the records: Abuse-related expenses cost the archdiocese more than $400,000 in the last two years and more than $6 million in the last decade.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not pursue criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to report clergy sex abuse allegations of two priests.
Two East Coast Catholic groups, emboldened by the vision of Vatican II, are advocating for lay participation in the selection of bishops.
We say: For her efforts to shed the light on clergy sex abuse, Jennifer Haselberger is NCR's person of the year for 2013.
Updated: Archbishop John Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry while authorities investigate an accusation that he touched a young man's buttocks in 2009.
Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis apologized for the archdiocese's handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in a homily delivered at two Masses at the parish church.