Priest who possessed pornography
returns to limited ministry
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota priest is returning to limited ministry years after pornography was found on his computer.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Thursday that the Rev. Jonathan Shelley will return to ministry and serve people in prisons and jails. He’ll be under the direction of a deacon and subjected to security and oversight of the facilities he visits.
Shelley has been out of ministry since 2012. While Shelley was accused of searching for child pornography, authorities concluded none of the images on his old computer were illegal and he was not charged.
Shelley’s case was among several that raised questions about the way the archdiocese handled abuse cases. After the photos were found in 2004, the archdiocese hired an investigator but didn’t bring the images to police.
A lofty proposal: ‘Marry Me’ etched
in snow, seen from above
NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing “Marry Me” in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.
Gavin Becker enlisted his family’s help to pen the life-changing question using a snow blower on the frozen Eight Crow Wing Lake near Nevis.
Ed Becker, Gavin’s father, tells KARE-TV that it took about 41⁄2 hours to create the 25-foot-tall (7.5-meter-tall) letters and a huge heart.
Gavin Becker, a University of North Dakota aviation student, then rented a plane and took his high-school sweetheart, Olivia Toft, for a trip over the lake Sunday.
Toft, realizing it was snow joke, told him “yes.”