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 DATE: May 17, 2016                                                                                                                                              

STATEMENT REGARDING REV. TIMOTHY DOLAN

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda

The Edina Police Department notified us today that its criminal investigation is complete and that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will not pursue charges against Father Timothy Dolan, who is on a required leave from ministry.  Father Dolan had been pastor at Saint William Church in Fridley, a position he recently resigned.

In accordance with our protocols and with law enforcement’s permission, the Archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment will now conduct an internal investigation focused on Father Dolan’s fitness for ministry. 

At the completion of the internal investigation, this matter will be reviewed by the Ministerial Review Board (MRB).  That board and the Director of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment will then make recommendations to the Archbishop regarding Father Dolan’s fitness for ministry.  The investigative and review processes are thorough and it is uncertain how long these processes will take.  

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