In 2009 it was concluded by his Archdiocese in Detroit that Rev. Kenneth Kaucheck molested a 16 year-old girl. He was subsequently removed from his positions within the Church:
The Rev. Kenneth Kaucheck, 69, was banned from public ministry by the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2009 after church officials determined he had sexual misconduct in the 1970s with a 16-year-old girl he was counseling as a priest.
And now he’s been hired on to direct the Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence. It’s one of those pregnancy centers that pretends to be a medical office, but is really just a propaganda room to convince women to not have abortions. Their pretense is wholly dishonest, but then they expect people to trust them once they’re inside. Somehow Jesus never interferes with this farce.
Anyway, his new position will give Kaucheck access to young women:
Kaucheck is now a director at the Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence, next to St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe. Opened last year in a former convent, the center takes in teenagers and young women who are pregnant, assisting them and any children they might later have.The website for Gianna House says it “is a sacred sanctuary for its residents, each of whom deserve to continue the life of her unborn child in an environment imbued with spiritual grace, emotional and social support, and knowledge.” The website says its “Board has been selected by Father Ken Kaucheck and Sister Mary Diane Masson to provide a wide range of ideas and skills.”
Joe Kohn, director of public relations for the Archdiocese of Detroit, told the Free Press last week that Kaucheck’s “position at Gianna House violates the restrictions placed on his ministry in 2009. We assert that he should not be allowed to continue in this position.” The archdiocese and advocates for children who are abused by priests are calling for Gianna House to remove Kaucheck.
All the care for “kids” when they’re in the womb, but far less (sometimes bordering on none at all) once they’re actually born.
To be fair though, while the Catholic Church has had massive failures in dealing with child-molesting priests, this particular diocese does seem to be saying the right things in this instance.