RELIGION

Twin Cities Archdiocese to admit wrongdoing in abuse case

  • Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks during a news conference as Trusha Goffe, right, listens Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson, a prominent attorney for victims of clergy abuse, accused the Vatican of interfering in the investigation of a Minnesota archbishop during the news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

    Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks during a news conference as Trusha Goffe, right, listens Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson, a prominent attorney for victims of clergy abuse, accused the Vatican of interfering in the investigation of a Minnesota archbishop during the news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Curtis Wehmeyer. At a civil agreement announced in court Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to publicly admit wrongdoing for the way it handled abuse allegations against former priest Wehmeyer, who was convicted of molesting two boys in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Curtis Wehmeyer. At a civil agreement announced in court Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to publicly admit wrongdoing for the way it handled abuse allegations against former priest Wehmeyer, who was convicted of molesting two boys in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks during a news conference Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson, a prominent attorney for victims of clergy abuse, accused the Vatican of interfering in the investigation of a Minnesota archbishop during the news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

    Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks during a news conference Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson, a prominent attorney for victims of clergy abuse, accused the Vatican of interfering in the investigation of a Minnesota archbishop during the news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to publicly admit wrongdoing for the way it handled abuse allegations against a former priest.

And prosecutors say they'll drop six criminal child endangerment charges that alleged the archdiocese turned a blind eye to repeated misconduct by Curtis Wehmeyer, who was convicted of molesting two boys in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.

The admission of wrongdoing is part of a beefed-up civil agreement announced in court Tuesday. Archbishop Bernard Hebda will also personally participate in restorative justice sessions — taking a more active role.

Ramsey County prosecutors filed civil and criminal charges against the archdiocese last year. The civil case was settled under a plan that allowed for more oversight of the church. Tuesday's hearing provided an update to that settlement.