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Associated Press, Published October 19 2013

Retired archbishop resigns from University of St. Thomas board

ST. PAUL – 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.

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 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.