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Diocese of Fargo cancels mass, makes changes to funerals, weddings & baptisms

FARGO, N.D. – The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has canceled public mass, sacraments and parish events during the Coronavirus outbreak. “We have the responsibility to protect the well-being of our brothers and sisters, and I judge these measures to be prudent and necessary,” Bishop John Folda said. Folda made the announcement on the diocese’s website. Funerals, weddings and baptisms will…

Crookston Diocese priest placed on leave for ‘boundary violations’

CROOKSTON, Minn. (KFGO) – A Catholic priest from the Diocese of Crookston has been placed on administrative leave. Bishop Michael Hoeppner says “several issues” concerning Fr. Bryan Kujawa have been brought to his attention, including “non-criminal, non-sexual boundary violations.” Kujawa works at St. Philip’s Church in Bemidji and St. Charles in Pennington. Hoeppner says Kujawa will remain on leave until…

Crookston bishop defends conduct in sexual abuse case

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota bishop says he was trying to protect the confidentiality of a man who said he was sexually abused by a popular priest when he certified to other church officials that the priest was fit to work with children. Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston is the subject of a Vatican-ordered investigation into whether he…

Crookston bishop under investigation under Pope’s new legislation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has started an investigation into Diocese of Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner under Pope Francis’ recent legislation addressing bishop accountability in the church worldwide. He is the first Minnesota bishop to be investigated under this protocol. In a statement, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said he was authorized by the Congregation for Bishops…

Wyndmere Priest Currently on Administrative Leave Received Prior Training for Boundary Issues

Goering also stated many people in the Wyndmere and Walhalla parishes have spoken out in support of Father Feltman

RICHLAND COUNTY, ND — The priest of a Wyndmere parish, who is currently on administrative leave after he was accused of “inappropriate” contact with children, received training on boundaries while he was at a former parish in Walhalla. Investigation documents obtained by KVRR stated Monsignor Joseph Goering of the Fargo Diocese told Richland County and BCI officials that Father Thomas…

Fargo Diocese Joins Lawsuit Against Federal Health Care Regulations

The Fargo Diocese Says The Requirements Pose a Threat to Religious Freedom

Courtesy: Fargo DioceseThe Diocese of Fargo has joined with a number of North Dakota Catholic employers in filing a federal lawsuit against health care coverage requirements that are in conflict with the Church. Bishop John Folda says while the Church does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, it should have the rights to make faith-based coverage decisions, even for its…