Archdiocese: Priest in violation of restrictions

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 18, 2016

Father Kenneth Kaucheck was forced to resign from the priesthood 7 years ago over a decades old allegation of sexual misconduct.

He was accused of carrying on a relationship with a 16-year-old girl he was counseling at a Clawson parish back in 1976.

The Archdiocese of Detroit barred Kaucheck from public ministry.

While the teen was of age in 1976---and thus---the priest never charged with a crime, it still violated church protocol and raised concerns.

Paula Schnoblen is with the Macomb County based group Turning Point, which advocates for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

She and others were shocked to learn Father Kaucheck has been quietly surrounding himself with troubled teenage girls.

He is co-founder, Director of Development and on the board of directors at Gianna House. an Eastpointe based ministry for pregnant teens.

He is overseeing the building of a boarding house of sorts where girls and their newborns will live.

Questionable considering his past some say.

The Archdiocese is taking it a step further.

They consider this a violation of the restrictions placed on his ministry. The violation will be addressed by clergy at the Vatican, officials told 7 Action News.

We attempted to talk to Kaucheck at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills where he is said to reside. We were told by staff---no comment. And we should film their beautiful grounds instead.
The priest still retains his title and continues to be paid by the Catholic Church. The Vatican will be charged with determining a punishment if he is found guilty of violating the restrictions put on him, according to the Archdiocese. That could include stripping him of his title and living expenses.