Lansing Diocese Deems Credible Abuse Allegations Against Deceased Catholic Bishop of Fargo| National Catholic Register

The Diocese of Lansing released a statement this morning announcing  that two allegations of sexual abuse levelled against the late Bishop James Sullivan (1929 – 2006) are deemed “credible.”  Bishop Sullivan was Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing from 1972 to 1985 before becoming Bishop of Fargo from 1985 to 2002.  “Following investigation and review, the Diocese of Lansing has found two allegations against the late Bishop James Sullivan to be credible,” said David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing. Both accusations stem from the mid-1960s when then-Father Sullivan was in residence at a parish in Lansing. Both victims were boys who were subject to sexual grooming and inappropriate contact by Father Sullivan.  “Bishop Sullivan’s actions were gravely immoral, deeply scandalous and betrayed both the trust of the Catholic community within the Diocese of Lansing and, more significantly, the faith placed in him by the victims and their families to whom we say: ‘This should not have happened to you and we are profoundly sorry that it ever did,’” the statement said.

Lansing Diocese Deems Credible Abuse Allegations Against Deceased Catholic Bishop of Fargo| National Catholic Register

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