The Archdiocese of Detroit has restricted a retired priest from public ministry because of what it calls "credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors."
Father Robert Witkowski, 83, has also been added to the Archdiocese list of clergy who have been credibly accused of abuse, according to a post on the Archdiocese website.
Witkowski retired in 2013 after 52 years serving as a hospital chaplain, associate pastor, pastor and administrator.
"The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed credible allegations involving Fr. Witkowski, dating back to the early years of his ministry," the post said. "The Detroit archdiocese shared the allegations with civil authorities. A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law.
"The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, archdiocesan policies and practices."
Witkowski's assignments included:
1961-1966: St. Matthew, Detroit
1966-1969: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit
1969-1975: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit
1976-1980: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale
1980-1981: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
1981-1985: St. Lawrence, Utica
1985-1991: St. Raymond, Detroit
1991-2013: St. Edmund, Warren
Witkowski retired in 2013 when St. Edmund and St. Sylvester merged to form the current St. Faustina.
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