Suddenly, the church's most pugnacious critic was making deals with figures he had called criminal conspirators.
Attorneys and religious leaders hailed the settlement as a landmark agreement, though much of it describes policies already in place.
The settlement will include an agreement for how church officials will handle future allegations of abuse, according to a source with knowledge of the announcement.
Top university leaders didn't know of a sex abuse complaint against the Rev. Michael Keating, according to a university-funded probe. Keating resigned his St. Thomas teaching post in September.
Winona Bishop John Quinn warned in March that clergy sex abuse suits could trigger bankruptcy. Victims' attorneys released Quinn's letter and other documents Tuesday.
A new lawsuit alleges that the late Rev. Ramon Buckley sexually assaulted a boy more than 30 years ago.
Archbishop: Church teachings "must be upheld," employee's marriage is "contrary to the Catholic faith."
A woman who claims the Rev. Michael Keating sexually abused her said the University of St. Thomas was wrong to allow Keating to resign under "false pretenses."
Sheriff's deputies are searching for Michael David Henderson, who is considered dangerous.
Attorney Jeff Anderson follows familiar strategy in bid to make church files public.
A woman last year accused the Rev. Michael Keating of sexually abusing her when she was a teen.
Newly released church documents detail efforts by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to keep details of clergy sex abuse quiet. Archbishops transferred one priest to 14 parishes.
The letter, signed by 12 of the private Catholic university's 21 tenured theology professors, asks Archbishop John Nienstedt to change his approach to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi turned back criticism he hasn't done enough to investigate clergy sex abuse but acknowledged he does not expect to file charges in 10 abuse cases investigated by St. Paul police.
Innternal files show how church leaders protected the Rev. Richard Jeub for decades. The documents detail allegations that Jeub sexually abused two teenage girls and sexually exploited vulnerable women under his care.