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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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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