November 16, 2020
On November 4, 2020, Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea signed policies into law written by the St. Mary MacKillop Coalition for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Fenton, Michigan). These policies were promulgated to the priests of the Diocese of Lansing by email on Friday, November 13, 2020, and thereby became local law consistent with Canon Law 7.
However, these previous policies and current policies have been rescinded from public view.
The newly promulgated law protects adults and children in the following ways:
– Priests will no longer be able to sleep with children or be alone with them in general (see new policy 18.104.22.168).
– Sex abuse documents regarding abuse of adults will no longer be able to be destroyed by attorneys (see new policy 22.214.171.124).
– Adults will now be included in the protections afforded by the Charter for the Protection of Children included in policy 2.1.9.
– Victims will be given access to records regarding their case so they can verify that what has been documented is what they reported (policy 2.1.9-14).
– Victim’s statements will now be verified with them in writing to prevent misstatement (policy 2.1.9-17).
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