Conclusion finalized in civil settlement with Archdiocese regarding child sex abuse

Choi: "I believe the Archdiocese...is really committed to that deep, systemic and cultural change"

Sloane Martin
January 28, 2020 - 2:19 pm
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi
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Officials with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announce the conclusion of a civil settlement they say will bring systemic change to the church regarding child sex abuse.

The archdiocese has worked closely with survivors, strengthened its ministerial review board and added requirements for priests leading to "demonstratively better" changes, according to the attorney’s office's Cultural Assessment Report released Tuesday.

"I would like to thank and acknowledge the courage and perseverance of my sons, Benedict, Luke and Steven, for persevering to see that justice is done and I think it has brought us an instance of healing, a sense of hope and an assurance that nothing like this will ever happen again," Joy Hoffman said.

County attorney John Choi says increased accountability from this "unconventional approach" will have more longevity than the criminal charges brought nearly five years ago regarding how the Archdiocese handled information about then-father Curtis Wehmeyer's sexual abuse.

"I think this is a really important point that was acknowledged by the Archdiocese: it was not only Curtis Wehmeyer that hurt your family, but it was the archdiocese as well," Choi said. "I believe the Archdiocese under its current leadership is really committed to that deep, systemic and cultural change that they have embedded throughout their organization."

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