St. Paul Minneapolis Archdiocese settles civil abuse case with Ramsey County
|Archbishop Bernard Hebda, right and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens|
Exact terms not revealed. Auxiliary bishop says work on abuse will never end.continue at STrib
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney’s office reached a settlement agreement Friday morning in a precedent-setting civil case accusing it of failing to protect children from a predatory priest.
A criminal case against the church is ongoing and will be scheduled for another pretrial date in the future.
“You’re making a significant effort to protect not only the children … but citizens,” Ramsey County Chief Judge Teresa Warner told attorneys for the state and church Friday.
The settlement would require the church to create an action plan to protect children, but its exact terms were not immediately revealed Friday. The church would have to periodically report its progress to the court.
The settlement will also have to be approved by the bankruptcy court.
As bankruptcy was filed January 16, 2015, and there are no more complications, that would mean proceedings could potentially take around a year; a stark contrast from the Milwaukee Archdiocese litigation.