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Statement of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Regarding the “Testimony” of the Former Apostolic Nuncio

Statement of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Regarding

The “Testimony” of the Former Apostolic Nuncio

 

‘If one member suffers, all the members share in the suffering’ (1 Cor 12:26).

The recently released “Testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, concerning the history of sexual abuse and harassment by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is deeply disturbing, as it alleges that those in the highest offices of the Church knew of or ignored his behavior.

I stand united with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Executive Committee in calling the Holy See to conduct a prompt and thorough examination, including granting authority to a lay commission (Aug 16, 2018 statement).  ‘The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence.  Without those answers innocent men may be tainted by false accusation and the guilty may be left to repeat the sins of the past’ (Aug 27, 2018 statement).

It is not only a critical, but a moral obligation, to get to the truth surrounding who in the Church knew of Archbishop McCarrick’s behavior and whether there was a concerted effort to protect him.  Personally, this situation is made all the more gut-wrenching as I struggle to reconcile my knowledge of Archbishop Viganó, for whom I have a high regard, with my deepest love and respect for the office of the Holy Father.  ‘If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand’ (Mark 3:25). Endorsing a thorough investigation is not about a political or ecclesial agenda, but about committing ourselves to allowing the truth to come to light for the sake of the protection of children, for the sake of restoring the integrity of the episcopate and for the sake of the purification of the Church.

‘If one member suffers, all the members share in the suffering’ (1 Cor 12:26).  We are all suffering the effects of grave immorality, infidelity and the far reaching tentacles of evil. Victim survivors are suffering. The Church is suffering. We unite our own suffering to that of Christ Jesus crucified. Only in pursuing the truth can we begin to alleviate the suffering and initiate the reforms necessary for the unity and holiness of the Church.  We must trust in the redeeming power of his grace and mercy and in his shepherding the Church into a future where suffering is transformed into joy.

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