Regarding Fr. James Kurtz, S.J.

From Ned McGrath, Director of Public Affairs | Issued September 29, 2014

Religious orders function in their internal governance separately from the archdiocese or diocese where they are headquartered and/or minister -- therefore a matter involving a religious order cleric is handled by the order, not by the archdiocese. We understand from the statement from the Jesuits that they handled the allegations involving Fr. Kurtz in 2001 as they were required to do by Church law. If assistance is requested of the Detroit archdiocese going forward, we will assist them any way we can.

Additionally, upon receiving the statement on the matter from the Jesuits, the Archdiocese of Detroit has published Fr. Kurtz's name on our Priests and Policy Status Report.