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Archbishop leaves board of Catholic university in Minnesota amid complaints on abuse policies

October 21, 2013

Archbishop Harry Flynn, the former head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, has resigned from the board of trustees of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, in the midst of a public furor about the handling of sex-abuse complaints by the Minneapolis archdiocese.

Archbishop Flynn had been chairman of the board for the Catholic university. The vice-chairman, Father Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the Minneapolis archdiocese, had submitted his resignation earlier.

Traditionally the Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis was the chairman of the board of the University of St. Thomas. But in 2008 the school, with the approval of Archbishop Flynn, ended that formal connection. Archbishop Flynn himself remained on the board, but his successor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, was not given a seat on the board, which includes more than 40 members.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 22, 2013 7:05 PM ET USA

    Defender is absolutely right!

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 21, 2013 7:13 PM ET USA

    The new president of the university should resign from her position, too. With statements like this, "We are called to love and support everyone in our community regardless of their sexual orientation … And, I might add, regardless of the gender of their spouse" we know how this school stands on the Magisterium of the Church.