In Minnesota, possibility of change is in air

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2013 - 11:50 PM

Minnesota Catholics said Monday they were shocked by Pope Benedict XVI's announcement.

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deb3331Feb. 11, 13 2:03 PM

I was raised a Catholic, we raised our children to be Catholics, but I no longer consider myself a Catholic after the disgusting abuse of so many children at the hands of so called priests. So maybe my opinion about the Pope doesn't matter. But .. I think his resignation is very suspicious. I seriously doubt the excuse given is truthful. But given the years of dishonosty in the Catholic church, I doubt the actual truth will ever be known.

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colenickmainFeb. 11, 13 2:33 PM

the title of this story is pretty misleading. I thought i was going to read the reaction of Catholics all over Minnesota. Instead, we rightly here from Archbishop Nienstedt, and then from a few non Catholics who really don't have a lot of authority or anything interesting to say about Pope Ben's decision to retire. Can you please make this story interesting and include reaction from folks at the Catholic media organizations in town, some layfolk, leaders of orgs like Loaves and Fishes and Mary's Place?

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crystalbayFeb. 11, 13 2:56 PM

I fully agree with calling the Pope an "enabler" and that this man had the power to fully address the decades of child sexual abuse and did not. The shameful covering-up and moving pedophile priest from one diocese to another will haunt the Church forever. The ruined lives, addictions, broken marriages, depression, and suicides caused by sexual abuse demand reparation but atonement still goes unabated.

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endothermFeb. 11, 13 3:36 PM

From hiding the crimes of rapists to blocking the use of condoms (even to prevent the spread of AIDS) and a consistent disrespect for women and the vital role they play in the Church, this man has done a lot of damage over the years. Pope Benedict XVI has made life harder for millions of people. I hope that his replacement will be better, though his continuing influence in the college of cardinals makes this unlikely.

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member11Feb. 11, 13 4:33 PM

The cover up of child sexual abuse is unraveling as more and more records of it are being forcibly yanked from those who hide them by subpoenas and court orders. The trails are getting closer and closer to the Pope, and he is wisely resigning in what I believe is an effort to spare the Church as much as possible. Thank God these horrors are finally coming to light so they can hopefully be meaningfully addressed and spare future potential victims from being abused.

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mn2niceFeb. 11, 13 4:37 PM

I thought they had this job for life. How do you tell God you quit?

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billybillyFeb. 11, 13 4:49 PM

What's so wrong about having a person with diminishing mental capabilities giving moral and spiritual advice to 1/5 of the world?

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braxozFeb. 11, 13 6:03 PM

His legacy will be the cardinals and bishops that he appointed, much like a President's appointment of judges to the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

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binkimaeFeb. 11, 13 6:11 PM

The best thing the College of Cardinals could do now after the disastrous reactionary papism of Ratzinger would be to elect a liberal reformer: married priests, women priests, married gay priests, all are necessary if the Catholic Church is to survive the 21st Century. But don't hold your breath. The Church will die along with all of us.

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getcrazyFeb. 11, 13 6:51 PM

Rev. John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, said in a statement that "like Catholics across the world, I was completely surprised."----But not surprised by all children that were molested by leaders in the church. And obviously not really concerned about it either. He's more concerned with limiting freedom of the relationships of consenting adults and being concerned about what they do in their bedrooms. Children being raped by leaders in his organization is not his concern. Hiding them, allowing them to continue raping children and not taking responsibility is his concern. This man should be in prison.

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