Ex-archbishop Can’t Recall Handling of Abuse Cases 05 Jun 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A newly released deposition shows retired Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn said he could not remember how he handled clergy sex abuse cases during his 13-year tenure.

Under oath last month, Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not recall how he handled the cases.

Flynn, who is now 81, retired six years ago. He said he didn’t have dementia or other diagnosed memory problems.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the former archbishop said he did not report any accusations of child sexual abuse to police and doesn’t recall asking anyone else to report abuse claims, either.

Flynn testified as part of a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a man who says he was sexually abused by a former priest decades ago.

The archdiocese says it is not commenting on Flynn’s deposition.