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Bishop Higi initially called the newspaper's reporting "a product of clever spins and a preconceived agenda." Later, though, he hired a sexual-abuse counseling expert to investigate allegations and acknowledged that the news reports "found me and my predecessors deficient."
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Prosecutor Carl Marlinga of Macomb County, in suburban Detroit, said that keeping the priests active let the church and clerics "benefit from the cover-up they've engaged in for so long." Cardinal Maida's spokesman said an internal review determined that the allegations weren't credible and that none of the four was working in Macomb County, so "it shouldn't be a concern to the Macomb County prosecutor." Two other priests, whose conduct had led to secret cash settlements, remained at work until this spring.