Archdiocese Of Detroit Declares Abuse Claim Credible Against Dead Priest

Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter

The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit found an allegation that a diocesan priest sexually abused a minor before dying in 1995 is credible.

The archdiocese announced the Archdiocesan Review Board’s finding Sunday that the accusation against Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog of sexual abuse was credible.  The archdiocese will continue investigating the claim against Ozog and has asked anyone with information about his alleged abuse of a minor to come forward. (RELATED: Heretical Catholics Shocked Pope Doesn’t Love Abortion)

It is unclear whether the accusation against Ozog came as a result of Michigan’s state-led investigation of clerical sex abuse, which the Michigan Attorney General’s Office opened in September.

A priest says Sunday Mass at a Polish catholic church in Hamtramck, Michigan, on January 10, 2016. Known in the 20th century as a vibrant center of Polish American life and culture, Hamtramck - located on the outskirts of Detroit, has continued to attract immigrants. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A priest says Sunday mass at a Polish Catholic Church in Hamtramck, Michigan, on Jan. 10, 2016. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Ozog served as an instructor, rector and registrar at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary from 1959 to 1975. He also served as pastor in the Michigan parishes of Our Lady Help of Christians in Detroit from 1956 to 1958, St. Columban in Birmingham in 1958, Our Lady of the Lakes in Waterford in 1958, St. Hillary in Detroit in 1975, St. Mary in Wayne in 1975, St. Roch in Flat Rock from 1976 to 1978 and St. Florian in Hamtramck from 1978 to 1994.

Archdiocesan officials clarified that there is not a deadline for reporting information concerning abuse perpetrated by clergy and asked that those who do wish to come forward with information contact the archdiocese at 866-343-8055.

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