Interim archdiocese leader aims to rebuild trust in church

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he expects the organization’s legal difficulties will be among the most urgent problems he’ll need to address.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that transparency will be an important part of rebuilding trust.

Under his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, the archdiocese was shaken by a clergy sex abuse scandal, criminal charges and bankruptcy.

Hebda says he hasn’t had time since he was appointed temporary administrator in June to formulate a plan to rebuild the archdiocese. But he says he’ll collaborate with a wide variety of people on how best to do so.

He celebrates his first Mass in the archdiocese Sunday at the St. Paul Cathedral.

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