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Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text)

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis

To the People of God

Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, is seen with Pope Francis aboard the flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Rome Dec. 2, 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

Vatican Spokesman to Victims: "The Pope is on your side."

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible."

"Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent," said Greg Burke, head of the Vatican press office, in a written statement Aug. 16.

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Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap Archbishop of Boston

 

Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap 

Archbishop of Boston

 

BostonCatholic.org

 

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican stating, “Let me ask you to hold us to all of these resolutions,” as U.S. Bishops’ Offer Firm Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.

St. John's Seminary chapel. Pilot Photo Gregory L. Tracy

Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap Archbishop of Boston; The Pilot

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley issued the following statement August 10:

Earlier this week I was informed that two former seminarians of St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston had posted allegations on social media sites including the Archdiocese's Facebook page that during their time at the seminary they witnessed and experienced activities which are directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood. 

Sermon And Deeds Of The Antichrist. Luca Signorelli, Between 1499 And 1502. [Public Domain], Via Wikimedia Commons

THE MCCARRICK MESS ; The Boston Pilot

Archbishop McCarrick did wicked things and so did those, it appears, who enabled him. And we have to come to terms with these sins.

 

Bishop Robert 
Barron

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement on Course of Action Responding to Moral Failures of Judgement on the Part of Church Leaders

August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.    

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resignation from College of Cardinals

July 28, 2018

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement upon Pope Francis’s acceptance of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis has also imposed on Cardinal McCarrick, suspension ad divinis and has directed him to observe a life of prayer and penance in seclusion until the completion of the canonical process.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

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