Statement Regarding Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner Investigation

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has recently been authorized by the Congregation for Bishops in Rome, to conduct further investigation related to claims that the Bishop of Crookston, Michael J. Hoeppner, had engaged in “acts or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid civil or canonical investigations of clerical sexual misconduct” as prescribed by the motu proprio, Vos estis lux mundi. Judge Timothy O’Malley (email:, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, will serve as the Archbishop’s Delegate for that investigation.

The Congregation has also specified that for the duration of the investigation, the faculty to deal with cases of sexual abuse against clerics of the Diocese of Crookston has been transferred from Bishop Hoeppner to Archbishop Hebda.

Contact Information:

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

777 Forest Street

St. Paul, MN 55106