LifeSite News: Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’

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Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’ Dorothy Cummings McLean  Fri Sep 7, 2018 – 11:48 am EST GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska, September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop in Nebraska has added his voice to those of other bishops calling for an investigation into allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. On September 4, Bishop John G. Hanefeldt of the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska issued a statement recognizing the former Apostolic Nuncio as a credible witness. “Because Archbishop Viganò held a unique and important position of leadership serving the Church in our country, the questions raised in his statement must be taken seriously,” he wrote. (The full statement is published below.) Recalling the statement of Cardinal DiNardo, the leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Hanefeldt added his support for a “a prompt and thorough examination of this entire crisis in leadership.” After …

Lifesite News: US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’ Thu Sep 6, 2018 – 3:54 pm EST September 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The incoming head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has released a lengthy statement on the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis. Archbishop Naumann called Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Vigano “a man of integrity,” adding that “we cannot ignore” the fact that the majority of the victims described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report were post-pubescent males. He said that priests must be able to articulate Church teaching on sexuality “in a convincing and compelling way.” Naumann was elected last November to lead the U.S. Bishops’ pro-life office, and will begin his tenure this November. “It is inconceivable to me that the bishops who were involved with the settlements for McCarrick’s misconduct …

CNN: Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent

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Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent By James A. Gagliano Tue September 4, 2018 (CNN) There’s an old saying that goes: It’s not what you say that matters — it’s what you don’t say. And last week, while on a papal visit to Ireland, Pope Francis was derelict in his duties. Though he acknowledged the latest sex abuse scandal, implicating some 300 priests, as a failure of the Catholic Church, he largely ignored another allegation — one that directly involves him. In an 11-page letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused Pope Francis of having been informed of the serial predation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a leading Catholic figure in Washington, in June of 2013, and doing nothing. The Church has found the allegations against McCarrick to be “credible and substantiated.” Cardinal McCarrick has since resigned from his post, although he issued a statement maintaining his innocence. If Vigano’s allegation is …

Statements of Bishop Burbidge on Arbp Viganó’s Testimony

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was eating dinner with fellow priests when the news broke that former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, had released his unprecedented letter detailing alleged misconduct in the Vatican. “I got in my car and I saw all these text messages. I said, ‘What is happening?’ ” said Bishop Burbidge, relaying the incident on his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast.” After reading the letter, Bishop Burbidge echoes the call of Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We need to review (this) letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given,” said Bishop Burbidge. “But the bottom line is, we need to know the truth. All the faithful need to hear the answers to the questions. Cardinal DiNardo is asking the Holy Father to assist in putting into place the support we need to get those answers.” …

Sweden: Card. Arborelius, letter on abuse prevention.

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“The wicked must not spread their poison throughout the Church” Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm has written a letter to the faithful of his diocese to say that “many of us” feel “distressed when we hear of abuse committed by priests and cover-up attempts”: cases that cause “unspeakable pain and shame”. One may feel powerless and deceived, but the Cardinal calls on everyone to “engage in the prevention of future abuse and to make the Church a safe place for all”. Since 2001, a “contingency plan against child sexual abuse” has been in place in the Diocese of Stockholm together with a formation programme for priests, catechists and people working with youth. The Cardinal also announces that the Diocese will hire a person full time to assist in abuse prevention; but everyone’s help is needed, “especially to ensure that abuse suspects are reported to the police”. The Cardinal invites everyone …

Statment on Arbp Vivanó’s Testimony from Bishop Gruss

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As we face this abhorrent crisis in the Catholic Church, the pain and suffering goes far and wide. Many victims of sexual abuse by clergy will have to relive the abhorrent experiences again. As a Church we must keep them in the very forefront of our minds, hearts and prayers. Published reports about these criminal allegations and the lack of appropriate response by some bishops over many decades are deeply disturbing. The betrayal by Church leaders runs deep in the hearts of victims, and rightfully so. Further questions have arisen in the released testimony from the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in which he makes serious allegations about the Archbishop McCarrick abuse case. I join my voice with Cardinal DiNardo and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Executive Committee in calling for the Holy See to conduct a thorough investigation that includes granting authority …

The Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Vigano Testimony

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8/30/2018 We Pray for the Church Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In these recent days, we feel again, with growing intensity, the pain and shame, because of the many revelations of sexual misconduct, most particularly those done against minors but not only minors, committed by a significant number of clerics, a number of bishops, and by consecrated persons. The pain is intensified by reported cover ups of these abuses and crimes. The reports on the sexual misconduct by a cardinal in the U.S., is one that has brought more intensity to the pain and shame now being endured by the Church. The recent testimony and revelation by a former Apostolic Nuncio regarding sexual misconduct and how this is being dealt with, has brought more painful questions that obviously need urgent answers that will show us the truth. This brings to mind the admission of the bishops here in the Philippines, …

Archbishop Cordileone Letter on the Testimony of Archbishop Viganò

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Letter to the Faithful on the Testimony of Archbishop Viganò August 29, 2018 Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese, Last Sunday witnessed what many are calling a “bombshell” in the Church: the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s “Testimony,” alleging corruption and coverup at all levels of the Church based on his long and extensive personal knowledge. I came to know Archbishop Viganò well during the years he served as Apostolic Nuncio here in the United States.  I can attest that he is a man who served his mission with selfless dedication, who fulfilled well the Petrine mission entrusted to him by the Holy Father to “strengthen his brothers in the faith,” and who would do so at great personal sacrifice and with absolutely no consideration given to furthering his “career” – all of which speaks to his integrity and sincere love of the Church.  Moreover, while having no privileged information …

Statment by Bishop Conley on Vigano Testimony

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Bishop’s Column Seeking the truth Friday, 31 August 2018 By Bishop James Conley The last few weeks have been painful to endure. The report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, the revelations about the crimes of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and, just days ago, new, highly charged allegations about the Church’s leadership all the way to the top levels in the Vatican have left us reeling. These reports have caused all of us pain, anger, shame and grief. It is hard to fathom how such things could happen. My first feeling in every one of these revelations is deep sadness for the pain and suffering of all those who have been sexually assaulted. What I do in these moments is surrender myself to prayer, at the foot of the Cross with Mary, solely focused on these hurt people. The suffering and pain, the loss of trust and shattering of faith in those …

Bishop Vann on Archbishop Vigano’s Testimony

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BISHOP VANN’S MESSAGE REGARDING THE TESTIMONY OF FORMER PAPAL NUNCIO ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANÒ It was very difficult for me to read the eleven page testimony given by the Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò on August 22, 2018 and released (in English) on August 25, 2018. Noting that the former second in command in the Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr. Jean Francois Lantheaume, has stated that Archbishop Viganò told “the truth,” I would add that I see Archbishop Viganò as a man of integrity, having known him for many years. Given the grave accusations leveled by the former apostolic nuncio, I believe that it is necessary for the Holy Father to ensure that a competent investigation be undertaken swiftly. The truth of each accusation having been established, just penalties should be imposed upon those found guilty with the goal of repairing scandal and restoring justice. As Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United …