Archbishop Flynn resigns from St. Thomas trustees
- Associated Press
- October 19, 2013 - 5:35 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The retired Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Harry Flynn, has resigned as chair of the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees, the school announced Saturday, becoming the second leader to quit the board of the Roman Catholic school this month amid fresh criticism of their handling of clergy sexual misconduct cases.
In a statement Saturday, the school said the board accepted Flynn's retirement as chair and board member at its regular meeting Thursday. The statement also confirmed the board's vice chair, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the archdiocese, resigned from the board Oct. 4.
The statement did not give reasons for Flynn's or McDonough's resignation, and university spokesman Doug Hennes declined to comment.
But the statement did say St. Thomas has retained outside counsel to lead an independent investigation of "matters related to clergy sexual abuse allegations that impact the university" and has appointed a special committee to oversee the investigation and review the findings and recommendations.
Flynn had been chair of the board since 1995. McDonough had been on the board since 1991. McDonough also resigned from the advisory boards of the St. Thomas School of Law and the university's Center for Catholic Studies.
Michael Dougherty, a trustee since 2003, will serve as interim chair, while John Morrison, a trustee since 1996, will serve as interim vice chairman. The board expects to elect a permanent chair and vice chair Feb. 13. Timothy Flynn, a trustee since 2006, will chair the oversight committee.
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