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Flynn resigns from St. Thomas board

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Another top Catholic church official has left the University of St. Thomas board of trustees.

The Star Tribune reports that Rev. Harry Flynn, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was the chairman of the board since 1995, has retired.

Flynn's departure follows the resignation of Rev. Kevin McDonough from the St. Thomas board earlier this month and comes amid an investigation about how the diocese handled priest sex abuse accusations.

The school did not give a reason for the departures. Flynn was the archbishop from 1995 to 2008 and was succeeded by the Rev. John Nienstedt.

The Associated Press reports that St. Thomas retained the outside counsel to lead an independent investigation of "matters related to clergy sexual abuse allegations that impact the university." It has appointed a special committee to lead that investigation.

Earlier this week the archdiocese said they would join with the St. Paul Police Department, and all civil authorities, in continuing to encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor child or vulnerable adult within the Church ministry-or any setting including the home or school-to first contact law enforcement.

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