Michigan attorney general investigating all 7 Catholic dioceses
LANSING, Mich. --The Michigan Attorney General’s office says it’s launched an investigation into alleged sex abuse and assault of children in all seven dioceses in Michigan.
The attorney general’s office says it’s investigating allegations dating back as far as 1950.
The investigation will also include any allegations related to the cover up of sexual abuse or assault.
We spoke to Tim Lennon, from Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP.
"For decades the church has been hiding information" he says.
He is relieved there is a statewide investigation.
"Child sex abuse is such a horrific, lifelong, crippling injury," the victim advocate says.
He says the Catholic Church is riddled with abuse allegations.
Lennon calls the church leaders complicit.
"Not one bishop has ever criticized another bishop, the pope has never removed a bishop for sexual abuse," Lennon says.
The diocese in Saginaw and Lansing stent statements say they welcome the investigation. Lennon questions how helpful they will be.
"The police have raided the Saginaw Diocese office a couple months ago and I think even today the chief of police had mentioned when asked if the church was cooperating he said no, they are not cooperating," Lennon says.
Lennon says a statewide investigation is needed because the church has historically refused to take action against accused priests.
"For the bishop, any bishop, to say they don't have responsibility for religious order priests is just mistaken and another way to deflect from their responsibilities of protecting children," he says.
Lennon says he hopes the investigation will give victims the justice they deserve.
"It's tragic that so many suffer alone and in the dark," Lennon says.
The attorney general is asking people to submit any information about possible abuse. The link to comment is here.