"A failure, however, isn't the same as a crime. That is a legal question, not a moral question," said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano ordered two auxiliary bishops to have a law firm wrap up its investigation, and later instructed them to destroy evidence, per a memo unsealed Wednesday.
Creditors claim that the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese's just-released reorganization plan represents 1 percent of total assets they say approach $2 billion.
The appointment of Bernard Hebda as archbishop-designate of St. Paul-Minneapolis raises the question: Who will Hebda become as a now-rooted resident in the historically important archdiocese?
A broad cross-section of reactions met the news of the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
Updated: The archdiocese described the bankruptcy as "the fairest way" to resolve existing and future claims of sexual abuse; Archbishop John Nienstedt restates he is not resigning.
Financial records for the archdiocese show a $9 million deficit in operating activities for the 2014 fiscal year and uncertainty about the costs of its sexual abuse scandal.
"We are committed to transparency with the people we serve. We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue."
Lawyers for the man, identified only as John Doe, said the archdiocese had provided false information in getting the man to agree to an $80,000 settlement in 2007.
The settlement of a Minnesota lawsuit produced more than financial compensation for the alleged survivor of clergy sex abuse. It also saw the formation of an unlikely partnership.