In a continuing effort to be as transparent as possible, Bishop Walkowiak created a video message for the faithful of the Diocese of Grand Rapids on Feb. 7 ahead of the worldwide meeting of bishops at the Vatican. The worldwide meeting, Feb. 21-24 at the Vatican, gathered presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world with Pope Francis to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal and our global response as a Catholic Church. Bishop Walkowiak’s video addresses the meeting and some of the frequently asked questions he has received from parishioners.

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If you were sexually abused, or know of someone who was abused by a member of the clergy or a representative of the Church, please call our Victim Assistance Coordinator at 616-243-0491 or the Attorney General of the State of Michigan hotline at 844-324-3374.

 

Letters from Bishop Walkowiak to the faithful

Initial letter regarding the scandal – August 2018 (English | Español)
Follow-up letter regarding the scandal – September 2018 (English | Español)
Reflection on the USCCB General Fall Assembly – November 2018 (English | Español)

Resources

Safe environment training in the diocese
Diocesan compliance and audits
National and local resources
Safe environment policies and procedures in the diocese (English | Español)