From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda:
I am grateful that, since last June, there is a standardized process in place for investigating allegations against a bishop. That process was followed in the investigation of the allegation against Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston. Several qualified lay persons, including experienced staff from the Archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, conducted the investigation. Other outside lay experts, including a member of the Ministerial Review Board and a retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, assisted them. Last week, I submitted my report regarding Bishop Hoeppner to the Congregation for Bishops in Rome. That report includes all investigative information gathered, as well as summaries, analysis, findings of fact, and recommendations. Final resolution of this matter will be determined in Rome. The next step in the process is for the Congregation for Bishops to determine what other actions, if any, are necessary to reach that resolution.