Lawyer cites ‘cover-up’ after pastor removed at Plymouth’s Our Lady of Good Counsel

Detroit News

November 24, 2020

By Mark Hicks

A priest recently removed from leading an Archdiocese of Detroit parish after church leaders said he was “overwhelmed with the responsibilities” is challenging the decision, claiming it was retaliation for his objections to another leader’s alleged sexual harassment and abuse

The Rev. Michael Suhy, who had been pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, was targeted because he “refused to be quiet,” his lawyer, Ron Thompson, told The Detroit News. “This is a cover-up. This is once again the Catholic Church trying to hide their misconduct.”

The Rev. Michael Suhy was pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth.
Archdiocese officials dispute the claim, saying Suhy could no longer handle his duties.

“The discussions aimed at getting Fr. Suhy to step aside voluntarily for his good and the good of the parish started — with him — this past spring,” said Ned McGrath, a spokesman for the archdiocese, in an email Tuesday. “Ultimately and unfortunately, his intransigence triggered a canonical process for his removal.”

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