Protecting Children Safe Environments


The Archdiocese of Detroit follows guidelines set by the U.S. Bishops to direct our policy on sexual abuse issues. The guidelines were developed in three parts during the last decade: Read the full charter

  • Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
  • Essential Norms for Diocesan/ Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons
  • Statement of Episcopal Commitment

The archdiocese also follows its own policy on sexual abuse matters, implemented in 1988, to handle allegations made against clergy. The policy has been revised three times to take into account the addition of guidelines set by the USCCB, most recently in 2007.

Read the full archdiocesan policy on sexual abuse

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.

Read the guidelines
Examination of the rights of priests

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.

Permanent removal from public ministry
Dismissal from the clerical state, laicization