In response to a letter from Pope Francis concerning sexual abuse of children in the Church, Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron on Monday, August 20 issued a message to the faithful urging all to read and reflect on the Holy Father’s words.
- Click here to read Archbishop’s message and the letter from Pope Francis
On August 13, Archbishop Vigneron released a letter to the faithful offering prayers for victims of clergy abuse and affirming the need for accountability among clergy. The letter was 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, fifteen, or 50 years later, our diocese accepts and responds to all reports. To speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call (866) 343-8055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.