Statement Regarding the Vatican summit on sexual abuse

Release Date: 2/20/19

The Department of Communications of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares the following message from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, regarding the Vatican summit on sexual abuse:

As the Holy Father and my brother bishops gather in Rome to carefully examine our response to the scourge of clergy sexual abuse, may their eyes remain fixed on the path of responsibility, accountability and transparency. Here in the Archdiocese of Detroit, guided by the Holy Spirit, I commit to continuing our work toward healing for victim-survivors and safety for all in our community.

The summit at the Vatican is a gathering of the presidents from national bishops' conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic churches, religious order superiors and Vatican officials. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is attending on behalf of the bishops of the United States. In addition, Cardinal Blaise Cupich of Chicago is attending as one of the event’s organizers, and Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston is attending in his role as President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. To report sexual abuse by clergy or church representatives, contact local authorities or go to