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Catholic Church orders more inquiry into Minnesota bishop

In this Nov. 10, 2008, Bishop Michael Hoeppner, center, of Crookston, Minn., prays during a semi-annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Photo: AP Photo/ Steve Ruark, File
In this Nov. 10, 2008, Bishop Michael Hoeppner, center, of Crookston, Minn., prays during a semi-annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Updated: February 04, 2020 04:08 PM

Roman Catholic Church leaders in Rome have authorized more investigation into claims that a northern Minnesota bishop interfered with earlier investigations into clerical sexual misconduct with children.

The investigation into Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner began in September. It was the first known of its kind under a new Vatican protocol designed to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

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