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Deacon candidate Ronald Vasek sued Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota, for coercion over Vasek's prior revelation of sexual abuse by the diocese's former vicar general.
NCR Today: Peter Laird in January was granted by Pope Francis a “request for laicization,” or dispensation from the obligations of the clerical state.
An amended bankruptcy plan for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese would potentially double survivors' funds, but an attorney for the creditors is unsatisfied with the proposal.
"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.