Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Archbishop Hebda: Driver’s licenses for all is a ‘moral imperative’

Archbishop Hebda: Driver’s licenses for all is a ‘moral imperative’

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda joined a call Feb. 21 by immigrants, lawmakers, business and law enforcement representatives to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, calling the issue “a moral imperative.”

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Serve and support: ‘That’s what we do’

Serve and support: ‘That’s what we do’

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

This year’s theme to support faith-based services across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says a lot about what it means to be Catholic.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps those most in need

Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps those most in need

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Koerner is grateful the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation will provide a $50,000 grant this year to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities.

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College costs, debt rising: Ways to adapt

College costs, debt rising: Ways to adapt

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

College debt hit $1.5 trillion for U.S. households last year, up from $1.2 trillion in 2017 and $500 billion higher than 2012’s $1 trillion.

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Family works, prays to meet college expenses

Family works, prays to meet college expenses

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Clare Reinhardt knew she wouldn’t get much help from her parents for college expenses.

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Blind father, deaf daughter share lectoring ministry

Blind father, deaf daughter share lectoring ministry

| February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Minneapolis parish is home to archdiocese’s ministry to deaf, hard of hearing

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Catholic Charities’ Higher Ground: Multi-service approach to homelessness

Catholic Charities’ Higher Ground: Multi-service approach to homelessness

| February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two large encampments of homeless people, one in St. Paul, another in Minneapolis, drew unprecedented attention this fall and winter to the plight of people unable to afford a home, including the working poor, unemployed, mentally ill and intellectually disabled.

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Chancellor’s experience, canon law study on handling clergy sexual abuse gain national attention

Chancellor’s experience, canon law study on handling clergy sexual abuse gain national attention

| January 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Susan Mulheron, chancellor for Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is gaining national attention with her experience and study of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in light of canon law.

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Minneapolis attorney: Desire to help sexual abuse survivors fuels work

Minneapolis attorney: Desire to help sexual abuse survivors fuels work

| January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

A desire to help sexual abuse survivors fuels the work of a Minneapolis-based attorney representing two men who have accused former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexual abuse.

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Catholic Charities reports alleged fraud scheme

Catholic Charities reports alleged fraud scheme

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Discovery of an alleged fraud scheme involving money intended to help the homeless obtain housing with the assistance of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resulted in charges against several people and the investigation continues.

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Catholics at the Capitol to include speakers Archbishop Chaput, actor Caviezel

Catholics at the Capitol to include speakers Archbishop Chaput, actor Caviezel

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Advocating for public policy that protects life and human dignity is the mission of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and that mission will underscore all discussions at the conference’s Catholics at the Capitol event Feb. 19 in St. Paul.

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MCC stresses state budget as moral document

MCC stresses state budget as moral document

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

A divided state government during the legislative session that began Jan. 8 creates opportunities for moderation and compromise, which is a good place to forge legislation that might be overlooked in a highly partisan environment, said Jason Adkins, executive director and general counsel of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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