Dallas Bishops and Priests Ask Pope to Hold Extraordinary Synod to Bring About Systemic Change

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Saying that “the current crisis of sexual abuse by clergy, the cover-up by leaders in the church and the lack of fidelity of some have caused great harm,” Bishop Edward J. Burns and priests in the Diocese of Dallas have petitioned Pope Francis by letter to hold an Extraordinary Synod, a meeting of the Church called for a special and urgent purpose, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. The letter, penned by the bishop and unanimously approved and signed by priests serving on consultative boards representing priests throughout the diocese, was delivered to the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. today to be directed to Pope Francis as soon as possible. The letter also notes the past clergy abuse scandals in the Diocese of Dallas and “a recent revelation of one of our own who has harmed his parish terribly and has fled” in reference to …

Update from Bishop Edward J. Burns on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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Update from Bishop Edward J. Burns on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Publish date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you may know, I released a statement on Tuesday, August 14, regarding the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the great concerns surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, former Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. As a priest ordained for the Diocese of Pittsburg in 1983, I felt it was important to express my distress over the findings of the report. The Pennsylvania report was issued Tuesday afternoon and I have now had a chance to read more of it and would like to update you on what and who I know named in the report. Two of the priest offenders, Father Francis Pucci and Father John M. Bauer, were pastors whom I served under as a parochial vicar in their parishes. I was questioned years ago as part of …

Statement of Bishop Edward J. Burns On Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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Statement of Bishop Edward J. Burns on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Publish date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 I am most disheartened in learning the details of the attorney general’s grand jury report on the history of abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania.  What I have read is heart-wrenching and I cringe at the thought that these criminal acts were conducted by men who were to be trusted.  This report comes on the heels of the revelations of the egregious and sinful acts of one of the highest ranking clergymen in our country, Archbishop McCarrick, the former Cardinal of Washington, D.C. I know the anger, betrayal and pain I feel is felt much more intensely by the victims and their loved ones. I know all of us who love our Faith can’t believe that we must once again ask the question, how could this happen in our Church? We have taken …