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Regarding Reverend Richard T. Brown

Investigators from the Dallas, Texas police department recently contacted archdiocesan officials regarding Father Richard T. Brown.  Fr. Brown, born in 1941 and a priest of the Dallas diocese, had been in Detroit circa 1997-2002.  The information received from Texas was shared by the Archdiocese of Detroit with local law enforcement and the Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office.  The Dallas diocese lists Fr. Brown’s status as “absent on leave,” and says his priestly/public ministry was restricted in 2002.

There is an ongoing investigation in Dallas of Fr. Brown involving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.  The archdiocese has come to learn that Fr. Brown, during his time in Michigan, assisted with sacramental and Mass duties at Assumption Grotto parish in Detroit.  The Detroit archdiocese has been fully cooperative with authorities in Texas;  it continues to learn more about details involved in this case. 

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or other Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office at (844) 324-3374 or [email protected].  Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org or by calling the 24/7 victim assistance line at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing [email protected]. There are no time limits or restrictions on individuals wishing to report abuse.  To contact the Dallas police department visit their TipSubmit online portal or call (214) 671-4301.

Coverage of Fr. Brown’s case as first reported in 1997 and 2002 by the Dallas Morning News

Regarding Reverend Anthony Cipolla

The accusations against Fr. Anthony Cipolla, born in 1943 and a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, include an incident in Dearborn.  That allegation was reported to Pittsburgh police and the Pittsburgh diocese. There is no record the incident was reported to the Detroit archdiocese or that the alleged abuse was reported to Dearborn police. Restricted in his ministry in 1988, Cipolla died in 2016.  He is listed on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on page 620.  

Regarding Reverend Ronald Yarrosh, PIME

A religious order priest with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), he was based in Detroit from 1977-81 and, on occasion, returned to the Archdiocese of Detroit archdiocese from 1982-2004.  Born in 1947 and incardinated into the Allentown diocese in 1990, Yarrosh was arrested on child pornography charges in 2004 and laicized (removed from the clerical state) in 2007.  No allegations against him were brought to the Detroit archdiocese. He is listed on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on page 18.  




Regarding Reverend Eduard Perrone

Effective July 5, 2019, Father Eduard Perrone, 70, has been temporarily restricted from any public ministry due to a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor pending a Church process. In addition, his name will be added to the Archdiocese of Detroit’s website protect.aod.org.

FatherEduardPerroneThe Archdiocese of Detroit reported the allegation – from the earlier years of Father Perrone’s ministry – to Macomb County law enforcement and its findings were provided to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. The Archdiocese of Detroit recently was informed by the Attorney General’s Office that it could proceed with its canonical (Church law) review. The Archdiocesan Review Board subsequently deemed the complaint to be credible, meaning it has a “semblance of truth.” A further determination on the matter now falls to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which reviews all cases involving the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy. Under Church law, much like in civil law, there is a presumption of innocence during this process.
 
While restricted from ministry, Father Perrone is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of Church ministry.
 
Monsignor Ronald Browne has been named temporary administrator of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, where Father Perrone is currently assigned as pastor.
 
Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or other Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office at (844) 324-3374 or [email protected]. Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org or by calling the 24/7 victim assistance line at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing [email protected]. There are no time limits or restrictions on individuals wishing to report abuse.
 
Biographical Information:

  • Education: Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, MI; St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI
  • Ordained: June 10, 1978

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1981: Associate Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Mt. Clemens
  • 1981-1984: Associate Pastor, St. Genevieve Parish, Livonia
  • 1984-1987: Associate Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, Detroit
  • 1987-1994: Pastor, St. Nicholas Parish, Capac
  • 1994 - present: Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, Detroit

Archbishop Vigneron statement regarding pro-life petitions preparing to circulate in Michigan

The Department of Communications of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Vigneron's comments on two citizen initiative petition drives set to take place in Michigan that would have an impact on pro-life policy in the state. The drive announced Wednesday, June 26 in Lansing, organized by Right to Life of Michigan, would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortion procedures, also known as “dismemberment abortion.” A second proposal seeks to prohibit abortion after cardiac activity is detected in the developing child. The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) Board of Directors, with Archbishop Vigneron as its chair, is in full support of the dismemberment abortion petition drive, and has expressed reservations about the heartbeat petition. Archbishop Vigneron’s comments are as follows:

“The Catholic Church in Michigan lends her support to sound and reasonable public policies, especially those which protect the most innocent among us. I invite all people of goodwill, regardless of religious or political affiliation, to join the citizen initiative effort to prohibit the heinous dilation and evacuation abortion procedure that requires the dismemberment of a human child in the womb. While the proposal advanced by the “heartbeat” coalition shares the goal of ending abortion, it appears to raise the possibility of negatively impacting existing law in Michigan that protects all unborn human life, which only lies dormant due to the Roe v. Wade decision. As these petition drives move forward, I applaud those who continue to change hearts and minds by invoking the humanity, dignity and rights of the unborn child while at the same time being close to and offering unyielding support for women who may find themselves in a challenging or crisis pregnancy.”

Regarding Reverend Joseph (Jack) Baker

The Archdiocese of Detroit recently received an allegation against Rev. Joseph (Jack) H. Baker involving sexual abuse of a minor. The allegation dates back to the earlier years of his ministry.

RevJosephJackBakerThis allegation immediately was reported to the Office of the Michigan Attorney General. The Archdiocese of Detroit now has been informed by the Attorney General’s Office that it should proceed with the appropriate actions prescribed by Canon (or Church) Law. Effective June 19, in accord with the norms of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, also known as the Dallas Charter, Father Baker, 57, has been restricted from all public ministry pending the outcome of the canonical process. Under Church law, much like in civil law, there is a presumption of innocence during the process.

While restricted from ministry, Father Baker is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of Church ministry. 

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Gerard Battersby has been named temporary administrator of St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford Township, where Father Baker was assigned as pastor.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or other Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office at (844) 324-3374 or [email protected]. Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org calling the toll-free, 24/7 victim assistance line at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing [email protected]. There are no time limits or restrictions on individuals wishing to report abuse.

Biographical Information:

  • Education: Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI; Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
  • Ordained: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1993-1996: Associate Pastor, St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills
  • 1996-1997: Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Dearborn
  • 1996-1997: Campus Minister, Wayne State Medical School Campus Ministry, Detroit
  • 1997-2008: Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Wayne
  • 2003-2004: Administrators, SS. Kevin and Norbert Parish, Inkster
  • 2003-2008: Administrator, Holy Family Parish, Inkster
  • 2011: Administrator: St. Benedict Parish, Waterford
  • 2008-present: Pastor, St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford

Reverend Peter Etzel, S.J.

Reverend Peter Etzel, S.J. with the concurrence of his Superior, Very Reverend Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial, appointed Associate Pastor of Gesu Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Etzel is currently serving as Pastor of Gesu Parish, Detroit.

Reverend Phillip Cooke, S.J.

Reverend Phillip Cooke, S.J. with the concurrence of his Superior, Very Reverend Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial, appointed Pastor of Gesu Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Cooke is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Gesu Parish, Detroit.

Reverend Charles Morris

Reverend Charles Morris appointed Associate Pastor of St. Genevieve – St. Maurice Parish, Livonia, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Morris is currently serving as the Administrator of St. Mary of Redford Parish, Detroit. 

Most Reverend Robert Fisher

Most Reverend Robert Fisher appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Kieran Parish, Shelby Township, effective June 1 – 11, 2019. Bishop Fisher serves as the Regional Moderator of the Northeast Region.