Child Abuse Prevention Month

Investigations

The Archdiocese of Detroit follows guidelines set by the U.S. Bishops to direct our policy on sexual abuse issues. The archdiocese also follows its own policy on sexual abuse matters to handle allegations made against clergy.

Guidelines on the permanent removal of priests are taken into consideration when allegations of sexual abuse by clergy are made. The archdiocese follows these guidelines to determine the validity of allegations.

All allegations are investigated by the archdiocese and, when necessary, reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in Rome for final confirmation. As a result, one of the following punishments could be rendered against the clergy member.