5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Sits Down with Archbishop Bernard Hebda

By Joe Mazan
December 20, 2016

Archbishop Bernard Hebda

[with video]

This week marks one year since the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis signed a settlement with Ramsey County prosecutors over a criminal and civil case. 

Investigators found the church failed to protect children from the sexual abuse of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Tuesday in court, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said it believes the Archdiocese is making progress with the terms of that settlement.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda sat down with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS after the hearing for a wide-ranging interview on recovering from a bruising past. Archbishop Hebda says he's committed to rebuilding trust in the church and promoting healing for victims. 

"To those who have been harmed by the church is to say we're certainly committed to their healing and we're doing everything possible to make sure that this doesn't happen again,"Archbishop Hebda said.

Archbishop Hebda believes the scandal pushed some Catholics away from the church, but he's hoping they will return to their faith.



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