Police seize misconduct records from Michigan's Catholic dioceses

By Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News, October 3, 2018

Police seized clergy misconduct records from all of Michigan's Catholic dioceses after serving several search warrants across the state within an hour of each other Wednesday morning.  

Diocesan officials in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Marquette, Kalamazoo and Gaylord confirmed the searches took place Wednesday as part of the Attorney General's Office investigation into the dioceses' handling of clergy sexual abuse of minors. The dioceses said they cooperated fully with authorities. 

A warrant was served at around 9 a.m. to the Archdiocese of Detroit for clergy files, according to a statement from the Archdiocese. Law enforcement officials accessed clergy misconduct files at the chancery; the St. Joan of Arc Parish office of Monsignor Michael Bugarin, who is the Archbishop's Delegate for Clergy Misconduct; and the Cardinal Mooney Building, an Archdiocesan facility at Sacred Heart Major Seminary campus in Detroit.

The search warrant was expected as part of the Attorney General's investigation, the archdiocese said in a statement, and officials welcome the . . . 

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  • Dennis Ramsey
    commented 2018-10-03 19:30:49 -0500
    This needs done in every state. It is past time to start in Ohio. Why is the Attorney General’s office not talking about this Mike Dewine? Let’s start in Cincinnati and look at the full record of Father Jeff Bacon, plus other priests who have been removed from the active priest list. It is now time for all victims to come forward. It is now time for justice for the survivors.

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