Statement Regarding Rev. Timothy Dolan

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received information from the Edina Police Department that an investigation is underway that involves Rev. Timothy Dolan, pastor at the Church of Saint William in Fridley. Last evening, Father Dolan took a voluntary leave of absence pending the outcome of the investigation. While on leave, Father Dolan is not permitted to exercise priestly ministry. He is afforded the presumption of innocence.

The Archdiocesan Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment has cooperated, and continues to cooperate, with the Edina Police Department. Our understanding is that Father Dolan has been cooperative, as well. To protect the integrity of the investigation, and at the request of the Edina Police Department, the Archdiocese will not comment further at this time.