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 apologizing to victims of clerical sexual abuse, the Bishop of Grand Island called for an authentic accountability on the part of the bishops.
“There must be true accountability for bishops going forward,” he wrote. We must safeguard children and young people from this ever happening again.”