Vatican authorizes ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Minnesota bishop Hoeppner

Posted September 10, 2019 8:27 pm by Editor

Vatican authorizes ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Minnesota bishop Hoeppner

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2019 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first sitting U.S. bishop to be investigated under new misconduct protocols introduced by Pope Francis earlier this year.

Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota, will be investigated by Minneapolis’ Archbishop Bernard Hebda, on charges that Hoeppner thwarted a police or canonical investigation of clerical sexual misconduct in his diocese.

“I have been authorized by the Congregation for Bishops to commence an investigation into allegations that the Most Reverend Michael Hoeppner, the Bishop of Crookston, carried out acts or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid civil or canonical investigations

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