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Posted on 10/16/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
The Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s response to the death of Saginaw Bishop Joseph R. Cistone:
Since his first days in Saginaw, Bishop Cistone was committed to being a loving and zealous pastor for his priests and his people. I offer them, and the bishop’s family, my heartfelt condolences. For myself, I’ve lost a friend and a brother. In a year of many challenges, and particularly in these last months of his struggle with cancer, I was edified by the confident hope with which he faced his illness. May the Lord welcome him home this day.
Posted on 10/12/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
The Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) on Sunday, October 14, will air coverage from the Vatican of the Canonizations – declarations of sainthood – of Blessed Pope Paul VI, Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero, and four others. Live coverage will begin at 4 a.m., with rebroadcasts at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CTND is available to Comcast (Channel 398), Bright House (Channel 16) and Wyandotte Cable (Channel 73) customers in southeast Michigan. It is an affiliate of the Boston-based CatholicTV network. For more information, including a full programming guide, visit www.aod.org/ctnd.
Posted on 10/10/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
Effective October 9, 2018, Fr. Robert Witkowski, 83, a senior (retired) priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been restricted from any public ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. In addition, his name has been added to the Archdiocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.
The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed credible allegations involving Fr. Witkowski, dating back to the early years of his ministry. The Detroit archdiocese shared the allegations with civil authorities. A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law.
The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, archdiocesan policies and practices.
In addition to service as a hospital chaplain, Fr. Witkowski served in parishes as an associate pastor, a pastor, and an administrator from 1961 to 2013.
2013: Senior Priest Status (Retired)
2018: Restricted from Public Ministry
1991 - 2013: St. Edmund, Warren (later merged with St. Sylvester Parish to form St. Faustina Parish)
1985 - 1991: St. Raymond, Detroit
1981 - 1985: St. Lawrence, Utica
1980 - 1981: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
1976 - 1980: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale
1969 - 1975: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit
1966 - 1969: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit
1961 - 1966: St. Matthew, Detroit
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Posted on 10/3/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
The Archdiocese of Detroit cooperated fully with law enforcement officials executing a search warrant for clergy files today, as part of the Attorney General investigation into the handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in Michigan’s seven Catholic dioceses. Such search warrants are an expected part of this process. Officials arrived at the Chancery at around 9 a.m. and left shortly thereafter. We also granted access to files regarding clergy misconduct located in the Archdiocese’s Cardinal Mooney Building, on the seminary campus in Detroit, as well as the St. Joan of Arc Parish office of Monsignor Michael Bugarin, the Archbishop’s Delegate for Clergy Misconduct.
As stated earlier, the Archdiocese of Detroit welcomes the Attorney General investigation as part of its continuing commitment to transparency and healing. We have worked closely with authorities from all six counties within our archdiocese since 2002, when we shared past case files involving clergy misconduct and committed to turning over all new allegations regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred. We remain committed to protecting everyone – especially children and vulnerable adults – and therefore look forward to working closely with officials to determine if there is more we can do to accomplish this goal.
We encourage anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org.
Posted on 09/21/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
The Archdiocese of Detroit welcomes the Attorney General's investigation and is prepared to fully cooperate. We have worked closely with authorities from all six counties within our archdiocese since 2002, when we shared past case files involving clergy misconduct and committed to turning over all new allegations regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred. The Attorney General investigation is the next phase of our commitment to transparency and healing.
We have full confidence in our safe environment policies put in place and carefully followed for more than 15 years. We remain committed to protecting everyone – especially children and vulnerable adults – and therefore look forward to working closely with officials to determine if there is more we can do to accomplish this goal.
Posted on 09/20/2018 04:00 AM (Archdiocese of Detroit - Featured News)
The Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Vigneron’s message in support of planned actions by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops addressing clergy sexual abuse and bishop accountability.
To report sexual abuse by clergy or church representatives, go to protect.aod.org.
“I wholeheartedly welcome and support this statement by the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Know that I will continue to work with prayerful diligence in the Archdiocese of Detroit, to ensure we continue our commitment to protecting everyone – especially children – and holding all clergy accountable for their actions, including bishops like myself.
“As a member of the Administrative Committee, I prayerfully accompanied my brother bishops in discussions to develop this message. My input was informed by the many letters I have received from thoughtful individuals sharing words both of encouragement and critique. I feel the pain of the community and am grateful to those who have urged the Church to embrace true reform.
“As is necessary, this statement presents concrete actions that will lead our Church toward a future of increased accountability and healing. We, the bishops of this country, pledge to establish stronger reporting systems for allegations of abuse against bishops; develop clearer policies regarding bishops who have been removed from ministry; and implement a specific code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual abuse. Lastly, we reiterate our full support of an investigation into the conduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
“As encouraged as I am by these announcements, I would like to recall a statement I made earlier this summer, which remains true today: ‘We can never become complacent.’ Here in the Archdiocese of Detroit, we must view the actions of the USCCB as inspiration, not as a finish line. To that end, I have asked all priests in the Archdiocese to prayerfully discern our ongoing efforts to prevent clergy sexual abuse in our communities and to accompany victim-survivors on the path toward healing. Later this month, I will meet with priests to hear in-person their thoughts and advice. This input, along with words shared by the faithful, will help shape further adjustments and additions to our diocese’s policies on confronting the crime and sin of sexual abuse. I will share those updates with you in the future.
“The USCCB statement begins with a powerful quote used at the ordination of every bishop: ‘Keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you to shepherd the Church of God.’ It is with great shame and sorrow that I meditate on the fact that too many leaders of our Church abandoned that vow when they failed to ‘keep watch’ over the most vulnerable in their flocks. I join my brother deacons, priests and bishops in prayer and penance over these evil acts, and I embrace the call for concrete actions. Please pray for me during this time, and be assured of my prayers for you.”
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Posted on 09/13/2018 06:00 AM (Word On Fire - Articles Feed)
Posted on 09/12/2018 06:00 AM (Word On Fire - Articles Feed)