Bishop Bradley releases statement regarding new Church law by Pope Francis
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (May 9, 2019) – Bishop Paul J. Bradley released the following statement regarding the
motu proprio (new Church law) “You are the Light of the World” by Pope Francis:
“We welcome Pope Francis’ motu proprio, “You are the Light Of the World” which establishes new laws governing the Catholic Church’s standards for protecting all her people from the evil of sexual abuse.“This groundbreaking document affirms and is consistent with our local efforts in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, including our “A Plan to Protect” released last September 2018.
“Our prayers remain as always first with all victim survivors and our hope is that these standards will continue
to work to eradicate the evil of abuse and help to restore trust as we further the mission of the Church.”
As we stated previously, the Diocese has and will continue to cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation and encourages anyone with information related to misconduct to call the reporting number set-up by the Attorney General’s office at: 844.324.3374.
For more information on the Diocese’s efforts to safeguard all people, please visit our dedicated website: https://protect.diokzoo.org. The USCCB’s statement and Q&A are available on their website here.
The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is the territory of Catholic churches and community led by Bishop Paul J. Bradley. The diocese was founded in 1971 when the Second Vatican Council called for the creation of smaller dioceses so that bishops could be more available to the people they serve. Today the diocese encompasses 5,337 square miles of nine counties in southwest Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch and includes 59 parishes as well as 21 Catholic schools. www.diokzoo.org.
THE DIOCESE OF KALAMAZOO