- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Leaders of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis say they will “continue to cooperate” with authorities after the archdiocese was criminally charged with failure to protect children.

Ramsey County prosecutors filed six gross misdemeanor charges Friday against the archdiocese as a corporation. County Attorney John Choi says archdiocese leaders turned a blind eye to repeated misconduct by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer (WAY’-my-er) for years before Wehmeyer was eventually imprisoned for molesting two children.

Bishop Andrew Cozzens (cousins) says the archdiocese deeply regrets the abuse suffered by Wehmeyer’s victims.

Cozzens says the archdiocese wants to provide safe environments for children in church and in the community.

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