Archdiocese to hold meeting here

October 17, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will hold a meeting in Washington County next week to discuss sexual abuse in the ministry.

The Archdiocese has organized a series of nine "listening sessions" across the state this month. The eighth session will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Last month, the Archdiocese posted at its Web site the names of priests in the Archdiocese who were accused of sexual abuse. None is currently serving in the Archdiocese.

One priest named at the Web site was Ronald Michaud, who served at St. Ann from 1973 to 1976. According to the Archdiocese, someone alleged in 1989 that Michaud committed sexual abuse in the mid-1970s.


Archdiocese spokesman Ryan O'Doherty said Wednesday that specifics about any of the allegations were purposely not included at the Web site to protect the identities of the victims.

When the allegation was made against Michaud, it "resulted in his being removed from ministry" in Portland, Maine, the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Web site says.

The Archdiocese did not indicate if there were ever any charges filed against Michaud and O'Doherty said he didn't know. Michaud's name did not appear as a criminal defendant in Washington County Circuit Court computer records Wednesday.

The listening sessions will cover the topic of sexual abuse generally, without discussing specific priests or incidents.

"Basically, we just want to hear what people have to say about the whole thing," O'Doherty said.

Anyone with specific information or allegations can call the Archdiocese of Baltimore Child Protection Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.

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