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Responses to Attorney General investigation, September 21, 2018

Archbishop Vigneron has released a letter to the faithful, which will be read at weekend Masses September 22-23, affirming his support of the Attorney General’s investigation and sharing prayers for the healing of victim-survivors.

The Archdiocese of Detroit welcomes the Attorney General's investigation into the handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in the seven Michigan Catholic dioceses.

Response to USCCB statement on actions addressing clergy sexual abuse, September 20, 2018

Archbishop Vigneron supports the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's list of actions addressing clergy sexual abuse, and pledges to use the committee’s statement as inspiration for further discernment on archdiocesan policies.

Wounds Only Christ Can Heal: Homily at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Clergy Abuse, September 9, 2018

In the Gospel reading Sunday, September 9 (Mark 7: 31-37), Jesus heals the man who is deaf – his “ears were opened.” Referencing the latest reports of clergy sex abuse and predatory behavior in the Church, Archbishop Vigneron in his homily at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral apologized to the victim-survivors and expressed his hope that the community, including himself, will remain “open” to hearing God speak and “open” to his providence in these challenging times.

Excerpted homily

Full homily

Response to statement from Archbishop Viganò, August 27, 2018

In response to a testimony from the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Vigneron released a statement offering counsel “in the midst of this hour of difficulty.”

Response to letter from Pope Francis, August 20, 2018

In response to a letter from Pope Francis concerning sexual abuse of children in the Church, Archbishop Vigneron issued a message to the faithful urging all to read and reflect on the Holy Father’s words.

Archbishop Vigneron’s letters to the faithful and clergy, August 13, 2018

Archbishop Vigneron released letters to the faithful and clergy offering prayers for victims of clergy abuse and affirming the need for accountability among clergy, indicating that he would not tolerate a “double life” of any kind. The letters were written in anticipation of the release of a grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania and in light of revelations of misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

“My prayers today are with the victims of abuse at the hands of clergy worldwide, particularly those represented in the grand jury report in Pennsylvania. The allegations contained in that report, as well as recent allegations of sinful behavior involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – regardless of when and where they happened – are daunting tests of faith for you in the Church, her leadership and our ongoing efforts towards abuse prevention and response.”

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel. Be it five, 15, or 50 years later, our diocese accepts and responds to all reports. To speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Marge Huggard, LMSW, please call (866) 343-8055 or email vac@aod.org. Ms. Huggard is a licensed social worker who works independently from the archdiocese to receive and respond to all complaints.