Parishioners React to Lansing's Sexual Abuse Report

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

While the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City of New York prepares to release it's national study, parishioners belonging to the Diocese of Lansing are reacting to mid-Michigan' s sexual abuse report.

The Diocese released its findings last Friday in the form of a letter from Bishop Carl Mengeling.

Twenty-one allegations were made since 1950, 13 were found to be credible and substantiated, four are said to be false and two were withdrawn. James Hahn, a Lansing parishioner, says he supports the way the Church is informing its followers and he believes that being open about the abuse is the only way to overcome the scandal that's been rocking Catholic Churches across America for the last two years.

But, some don't feel the Catholic Church is doing enough to make amends. Mark Powell, a former Catholic parishioner, says he was abused by a clergy member and he thinks more could be done to provide healing for victims. Powell hopes to soon meet with the Bishop of Lansing and the Governor's staff to work toward a solution.

Beginning Monday, Bishop Mengeling's letter to Diocese members will be posted online, at www.dioceseoflansing.org, for the public to view.


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