Saginaw Bishop Cistone to Hold Press Conference Amid Priest Sex Probe
April 13, 2018
|Bishop Joseph R. Cistone.(MLive File Photo)|
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of the Saginaw Catholic Diocese, is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13.
Cistone will share an announcement and be available for a brief time for questions, according to a press release.
The conference is being held at the Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss.
Some Saginaw Catholic Diocese parishioners have called for Cistone to step down after prosecutors say his diocese failed to cooperate in an ongoing sexual abuse investigation involving the Rev. Robert DeLand, former priest at St. Agnes.
DeLand is charged with multiple sex abuse crimes.
Cistone, who announced he was suffering from lung cancer in February, canceled several diocesan events including the Bishop's Ball earlier this month, a major fundraiser for the diocese. He pointed to the ongoing criminal investigation as reason for the cancelation.
The bishop's home on Corral Drive in Saginaw Township, the rectory at Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw and the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw offices in Saginaw Township were raided by police on March 22. Prosecutors alleged the diocese was not being forthcoming with information in the investigation.