The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement in regard to the search warrant executed in all seven Michigan Catholic dioceses on Oct. 3:
The Diocese of Grand Rapids received and fully cooperated in the execution of a search warrant related to the ongoing investigation by the Michigan Department of the Attorney General.
Per our statement regarding the announcement of the Attorney General’s investigation on September 21, 2018, “The Diocese of Grand Rapids welcomes and will fully cooperate with the Department of the Attorney General. We welcome them to join us in our efforts of inviting survivors to come forward, a practice that has been in place since 2002.”
We will continue to assist in the Attorney General’s investigation as requested.
Additional details on safe environment policies and procedures in the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found under Child and Youth Protection on the diocesan website.
Annalise Laumeyer, communications director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 616-551-5629
Statement regarding Attorney General's investigation of Catholic Church in Michigan (Sept. 21, 2018)
Watch VIDEO of the Sept. 19 Holy Hour for healing, reparation & hope
USCCB Administrative Committee announces initial action steps to be taken in response to sex abuse scandals (Sept. 19, 2018)
Bishop Walkowiak's follow-up letter to the faithful on the clergy abuse crisis (Sept. 10, 2018)
Interview with Bishop Walkowiak on WZZM 13 (Aug. 29, 2018)
Bishop Walkowiak's initial letter to the faithful on the clergy abuse crisis (Aug. 16, 2018)
Bishop Walkowiak's statement on the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick (July 30, 2018)
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Resources for parents
The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal: What Parents Can Do & How to Talk to Your Kids (Jerry Windley-Daoust, Peanut Butter and Grace)
Practical Advice for Parents on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (PDF, VIRTUS®)
How to speak with your children about difficult subjects (Diocese of Erie, PA)