Public Information

In describing the status of those archdiocesan priests whose cases remain under review, examples can be found in how the media describes a lawyer who has been disbarred, a doctor who has had his license revoked, or a police officer who has been suspended. And to clarify the role of the archdiocese in these situations, it can be said that while the Church is responsible for these priests' ministerial assignments, they, as private citizens, are responsible for their personal behavior. Society, rightly, holds them accountable.

Additionally, the names of these priests have been made public by the archdiocese and shared with civil authorities. Their stories have been reported in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Michigan Catholic, and more often than not in the major daily newspapers, and on radio and television. Their current status is posted on the archdiocesan website.

In most of these cases, the priests have been offered and accepted professional counseling or treatment. These individuals, who are not in public ministry, may not want to share their addresses or current living arrangements with reporters or the public. That is their choice to make; the archdiocese will not try to influence that decision.

As it would with for any and all of its workers or hired staff, the archdiocese would respectfully decline to discuss specific details of the current personnel arrangements with these priests, such as their support or medical benefits. Under Canon Law, a bishop must provide some level of support for his diocesan priests, regardless of their status.