RELIGION

St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese's interim leader says legal difficulties among top priorities

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, speaks during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Under his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, the archdiocese was shaken by a clergy sex abuse scandal, criminal charges and bankruptcy. Hebda says he'll collaborate with a wide variety of people on how to formulate a plan to rebuild the archdiocese. He celebrates his first Mass in the archdiocese Sunday at the St. Paul Cathedral. (Jean Pieri/The St. Paul Pioneer Press via AP)

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, speaks during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Under his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, the archdiocese was shaken by a clergy sex abuse scandal, criminal charges and bankruptcy. Hebda says he'll collaborate with a wide variety of people on how to formulate a plan to rebuild the archdiocese. He celebrates his first Mass in the archdiocese Sunday at the St. Paul Cathedral. (Jean Pieri/The St. Paul Pioneer Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he expects the organization's legal difficulties will be among the most urgent problems he'll need to address.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that transparency will be an important part of rebuilding trust.

Under his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, the archdiocese was shaken by a clergy sex abuse scandal, criminal charges and bankruptcy.

Hebda says he hasn't had time since he was appointed temporary administrator in June to formulate a plan to rebuild the archdiocese. But he says he'll collaborate with a wide variety of people on how best to do so.

He celebrates his first Mass in the archdiocese Sunday at the St. Paul Cathedral.