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Criminal charges dropped against Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
July 26th, 2016
By Catholic News Service


ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Standing before reporters and cameras July 20, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis failed in its handling of the case of Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest who pleaded guilty in two courts of abusing three brothers while pastor of Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul. The archbishop's statement followed the announcement that the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, under the leadership of Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, had dismissed criminal charges filed last year against the archdiocese, and the parties had amended a settlement agreement they reached in December on a related civil petition.

 

"Words are not enough," Archbishop Hebda acknowledged. "We must, we will and we are doing better. Far-reaching changes are underway."

 

In June 2015, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, whose jurisdiction includes St. Paul, filed criminal charges and a civil petition against the archdiocese, alleging it failed to protect children in its handling of Wehmeyer's case. 






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