Statement Regarding Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received an allegation that the Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, pastor at Corpus Christi parish and St. Rose of Lima parish and school in Roseville, sexually abused a minor in the 1980s.  It will be treated as credible while the investigation is underway.  The definition of “credible” in this context means “not manifestly false or frivolous.”  It is neither a presumption nor a determination of guilt.

The Archdiocese has notified law enforcement.  During the investigation, Father Fitzpatrick will be on a leave of absence and will not exercise priestly ministry.