Catholic leaders in Detroit have offered counseling to a 75-year-old bishop who recently disclosed that he had been abused by a priest 60 years ago at a high school seminary.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, an auxiliary bishop of Detroit and one of the nation’s longest-serving bishops, revealed the abuse January 11 when he testified before Ohio lawmakers in favor of a bill that would allow alleged victims to sue the church during a one-year window.
“I am persuaded that this is the most effective way to make all those responsible—bishops who protected priest-perpetrators as well as priests themselves—truly accountable for this tragedy,” Gumbleton testified in prepared remarks.
Gumbleton has been a fixture in the church’s liberal wing, a leading antiwar figure and one who has not shied away from controversial positions. His disclosure—the first by a U.S. bishop—caught many off guard.