Monday, August 27, 2018

BISHOP MORLINO'S STATEMENT

 Statement from Bishop Robert C. Morlino of August 27, 2018, regarding ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the Church


(Madison, WI)) In the first place, I would like to affirm my solidarity with Cardinal DiNardo and his statement on behalf of the USCCB, particularly in two respects: 1) In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo indicates that the recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, “brings particular focus and urgency” to the examination by the USCCB of the grave moral failings of bishops. “The questions raised,” Card. DiNardo says, “deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence. Without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusations and the guilty may be left to repeat the sins of the past.” 2) And, Card. DiNardo continues, “we renew our fraternal affection for the Holy Father in these difficult days.”
With those convictions and sentiments, I find myself completely in solidarity.
However, I must confess my disappointment that in his remarks on the return flightfrom Dublin to Rome, the Holy Father chose a course of “no comment,” regarding any conclusions that might be drawn from Archbishop Viganò’s allegations. Pope Francis further said expressly that such conclusions should be left to the “professional maturity” of journalists. In the United States and elsewhere, in fact, very little is more questionable than the professional maturity of journalists. The bias in the mainstream media could not be clearer and is recognized almost universally. I would never ascribe professional maturity to the journalism of the National Catholic Reporter, for example. (And, predictably, they are leading the charge in a campaign of vilification against Archbishop Viganò.)
Having renewed my expression of respect and filial affection for the Holy Father, I must add that
during his tenure as our Apostolic Nuncio, I came to know Archbishop Viganò both professionally and personally, and I remain deeply convinced of his honesty, loyalty to and love for the Church, and impeccable integrity. In fact, Arch. Viganò has offered a number of concrete, real allegations in his recent document, giving names, dates, places, and the location of supporting documentation – either at the Secretariat of State or at the Apostolic Nunciature. Thus, the criteria for credible allegations are more than fulfilled, and an investigation, according to proper canonical procedures, is certainly in order.
I might add that my faith in the Church is not shaken in the least by the present situation. Similar situations, and worse, have occurred in the past – though perhaps not in these United States. It is time for us to renew our conviction in that final article of the Nicene Creed: Credo… et unum, sanctam catolicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam, which literally translated means, I believe the Church, as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. The Church is the body of Christ and, as yesterday’s Gospel reading put the question, “Lord to whom shall we go, you alone have the words of eternal life?”
May our Blessed Mother, the MorlinoMother of the Church, and Mother of Bishops and Priests, intercede for us, along with St. Michael the Archangel, as we continue our battle against the ancient foe.

10 comments:

TJM said...

Because PF supports lefty causes like the Global Warming Religion, Open Borders, and is a socialist, the lefty press will do everything they can to save PF since he is a fellow traveler.

Bravo Bishop Morlino

Anonymous said...

I think that, yes, although he is a fellow traveler, the lefty press have an absolute hatred for the Catholic Church and I think that they will be quite happy to see Francis resign for all the divisiveness that that will bring to the Church. I was surprised to see that calls for Francis to resign have been published far and wide. I see it that in the longed-for demise of the Catholic Church (which of course we know will never come to pass) Francis has now become dispensable to the lefty press for what they see as the greater good.

I hope Francis does resign for the good of the Church so that renewal can begin. The homosexual cabal needs to be driven out for once and for all.

Jan

Mark Thomas said...

Bishop Robert C. Morlino said..."I might add that my faith in the Church is not shaken in the least by the present situation. Similar situations, and worse, have occurred in the past..."

Yes...yes...and yes.

As is the case with Bishop Morlino, I am not "shaken in the least" in regard to the present situation in question.

The Holy Catholic Church is the Church of Saints and sinners. Of holy people.

The Catholic Church is also the Church of Bishop Judas. The Church of our first Pope, Saint Peter, who denied Jesus three times.

The Church of the Gospel According To Saint Mark, 14:50: "Then his disciples leaving him, all fled away."

I stand with Bishop Morlino in that my faith has not been shaken in the least.

Pax.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

In regard to folks who've demanded Pope Francis' resignation:

Imagine what they would have done to Saint Peter!

"Evil Clown Peter, you denied Jesus Christ three times. Saint Paul challenged you to your face. Evil Clown Peter, you are unfit to serve as Pope."

"Evil Clown Peter, you must resign!"

====================================================================

Why must Pope Francis resign?

Pax.

Mark Thomas

TJM said...

MT,

Who is Bishop Judas? When was he consecrated?

FYI, Bishop Morlino is viewed as a right-winger by left-wing "catholics."

TJM said...

MT,

PF is not St. Peter and what's with this "Evil Clown Peter" stuff?

Anonymous said...

MT, when Francis became Pope he said zero tolerance of child abusers. I absolutely remember at the time that McCarrick was reinstated by Francis there was an outcry about it, that Francis was not sticking to his statement of zero tolerance. Francis completely ignored the warnings and went ahead. He has to resign for covering up a serial abuser like McCarrick. If you support Francis then you must support the covering up of serial abusers.

Jan

TJM said...

Jan,

Please do not engage MT in logical discourse. He simply can't grasp the concepts. What MT doesn't recognize is that PF has ZERO humility - he's an arrogant, it's my way or the highway, leftist

Mark Thomas said...

Jan said..."I absolutely remember at the time that McCarrick was reinstated by Francis there was an outcry about it..."

"Reinstated by Francis?" For years when the supposed sanctions (nobody has demonstrated that Pope Benedict XVI imposed the supposed sanctions in question upon then-Cardinal McCarrick) were in place, Cardinal McCarrick offered Mass publicly, attended events at which Pope Benedict XVI was present, traveled freely throughout the world...

The manner in which then-Cardinal McCarrick acted did not suggest that he had required reinstatement.

1. Some questions about the Abp Vigano testimony: He claims that Pope Benedict imposed sanctions on Cardinal McCarrick that were "similar" to what Pope Francis has now done.

2. Specifically, he wrote that Cardinal McCarrick was informed that he "was to leave the seminary where he was living, he was forbidden to celebrate [Mass] in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lectures, to travel."

3. He wrote that Pope Benedict took this action "in 2009 or 2010," though he "cannot be sure." Presuming that Pope Benedict did take this action, as Vigano describes it, how do we account for the following events, all of which occurred after 2010?

4. October 30, 2011: McCarrick preaches from the most prominent pulpit in the United States, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, for the anniversary of Maryknoll.

5. January 16, 2012: McCarrick joins American bishops for their audience with Pope Benedict during the Americans’ ad limina visit to the Vatican.

6. That Same Day: McCarrick concelebrates mass with Cardinal Wuerl and several others in the Vatican, at the tomb of Saint Peter:

7. April 16, 2012: McCarrick attends an audience with Pope Benedict for the U.S. Papal Foundation. They present Pope Benedict with a birthday cake. McCarrick, among others, sings Happy Birthday to Pope Benedict.

8. February 27, 2013: McCarrick attends the final general audience for Pope Benedict in Saint Peter's Square. He is seated in a prominent position, three chairs to the right of Cardinal Schonborn.

9. That Same Day: McCarrick joins other cardinals in bidding farewell to Pope Benedict. He is warmly greeted by the pope in this video, which is broadcast by EWTN:

10. May 10, 2013: Abp Vigano himself concelebrates a mass with Cardinal McCarrick and Cardinal Wuerl and several others just before the high profile Annual Cardinals’ Dinner in support of Catholic University.

11. In each of these events, Cardinal McCarrick did things that, according to Abp Vigano's testimony, he was forbidden to do by Pope Benedict: "celebrate [Mass] in public, participate in public meetings, give lectures, travel," etc.

12. Benedict XVI took part in several of those events. Abp Vigano took part in at least one. Pope Benedict's actions, then, do not appear to reflect those of a man who fully knew what McCarrick had done, or the serious penalties that the Pope himself had apparently assigned.

Pax.

Mark Thomas

TJM said...

MT,

Since you like to slobber and defend PF at all costs, why are you leaving Benedict out of your general approach? Is that because you are a lefty, lefty, lefty?