to you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary,” she said.
The Archdiocese of Detroit took issue with Nessel’s “broad generalizations” during Thursday’s press conference.
Since 2002, the archdiocese has reported all accusations of clergy sexual abuse to law
enforcement and has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with victims, said spokesman Ned McGrath.
”The Archdiocese of Detroit does not self-police,” McGrath said.
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The Michigan investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is joined by a fe
deral investigation and similar probes in at least 12 other states and the District of Columbia.
The investigations follow a damning report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania last Augu
st that accused more than 300 “predator priests” of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947. The vas
t majority of cases occurred before Catholic bishops in the US instituted new child-safety protocols.