Catholic Church in Kalamazoo releases list of people no longer allowed to work with children

By: Zac Harmon

Posted: April 18, 2024

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is working on sweeping changes to its policy to protect children and youth with the first action being made Thursday, in the middle of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Bishop Edward Lohse announced a list of people being removed from eligibility of working with children in the catholic churches in the diocese. The people named in the list were accused of a number of different violations, including breaking the child-protection policy, failing to report allegations of abuse of minors, failing to prevent abuse they knew was happening, providing pornography to children, possession of child pornography, physical abuse of children, and sexually assaulting a child.

According to the Diocese of Kalamazoo, the allegations are credible. The diocese used a method for establishing credibility that required at least one of the following conditions to be met:

  1. Legal proceedings
  2. Canon law proceedings
  3. Self-admission by the individual
  4. Evidence that meets the “clear and convincing” standard (defined as highly probable or reasonably certain)

Not all the people on the disqualification list face criminal charges. The diocese says some of the alleged actions happened with no affiliation to the church, and some people are already on publicly available lists like the sex offender registry. A number of people on the list are dead.
The list includes lay members and clergy, including three living priests, a former Cub Scout leader, playground supervisor, and choir director.

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To see the names on the Kalamazoo list, go here.

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