John Nienstedt, the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and a deputy bishop handed in their resignations on Monday.

The resignations came after prosecutors charged the archdiocese with having “turned a blind eye” to inappropriate behavior by a priest. The priest, Curtis Wehmeyer, was later convicted of molesting two boys and is serving a five-year prison sentence, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

Nienstedt said he was resigning to give the archdiocese “a new beginning.”

“My leadership has unfortunately drawn attention away from the good works of His Church and those who perform them,” he said in a written statement. “Thus, my decision to step down. I leave with a clear conscience knowing that my team and I have put in place solid protocols to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.”

Nienstedt has been an outspoken opponent of marriage equality. In 2012, as voters considered an unsuccessful attempt to exclude gay couples from marriage, Nienstedt ordered priests to get behind the proposed ban or remain silent. Last year, he was accused of “sexual impropriety” with priests and other men.

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