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Friday, September 14, 2018

BOMBSHELL SOLUTION? BREAKING NEWS, FIRST BY SOUTHERN ORDERS!

Thanks Raleigh!

INTERESTING!!! I WAS ALERTED TO THIS BY A ROCCO PALMO TWEET, WENT TO RALEIGH'S WEBSITE, SAW IT, COPIES AND PASTED IT AND PRINTED IT BELOW. THEN, I NOTICED PALMO HAD REMOVED HIS TWEET IN WHICH HE SAID RALEIGH HAD PRINTED IT BEFORE THE USCCB HAD POSTED IT. SO I MADE SURE TO HYPERLINK RALEIGH ABOVE IN THE "THANKS RALEIGH" WHICH WORKED FOR A WHILE, BUT NO LONGER!!!! SO I THINK I HAVE A BREAKING NEWS SCOOP!!! WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK? NOBODY ELSE HAS THIS AS OF 2:03 pm FRIDAY!

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authoritygooglep




09-14-2018

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals, pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of strength God provides us.” The Administrative Committee serves as the Board of Trustees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The committee's full statement follows:

Turning to the Lord

“When each of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told:

‘Keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you to shepherd the Church of God.’

We, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, assemble in Washington at this time of shame and sorrow. Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate and sexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuine concern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from both the Lord and those who have been harmed. Turning to the Lord for strength, we must and will do better.

We express our gratitude to the Holy Father for granting an audience with President Cardinal DiNardo, Vice President Archbishop Gomez, and Cardinal O’Malley.
The Administrative Committee has taken the following actions within its authority:
  1. Approved the establishment of a third-party reporting system that will receive confidentially, by phone and online, complaints of sexual abuse of minors by a bishop, and sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with adults by a bishop and will direct those complaints to the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States, and as required by law, to civil authorities.
  2. Instructed the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of sexual abuse of minors or sexual harassment of or misconduct with adults, including seminarians and priests.
  3. Initiated the process of developing a Code of Conduct for Bishops regarding the sexual abuse of a minor by a bishop; sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with an adult by a bishop; or negligence of a bishop in the exercise of his office related to such cases.
  4. Supported a full investigation into the situation surrounding Archbishop McCarrick, including his alleged assaults on minors, priests, and seminarians as well as other matters regarding the current crisis.

This is only a beginning. Consultation with a broad range of concerned parents, experts, and other laity along with clergy and religious will yield additional, specific measures to be taken to repair the scandal and restore justice. We humbly welcome and are grateful for the assistance of the whole people of God in holding us accountable.

As these initiatives get underway, the Administrative Committee invites each of our brother bishops to join us in personal prayer and reflection prior to the General Assembly in November. This is a time of deep examination of conscience for each bishop. We cannot content ourselves that our response to sexual assault within the Church has been sufficient. Scripture must be our guide forward, “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 2 3:22).

In all of this, we do not want anyone – ourselves included – to lose sight of those who have suffered from those who have acted or failed to act as the Gospel demanded. For survivors of sexual abuse, these days may re-open deep wounds. Support is available from the Church and within the community. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available in every diocese to help you find resources. We are grateful to the hundreds of dedicated people who, since the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, have been working with the Church to support survivors and prevent future abuse. To anyone who has been abused, never hesitate to also contact local law enforcement. If you don’t feel comfortable for any reason with the Church providing help, your diocese can connect you with appropriate community services. With compassion and without judgement, the bishops of the United States pledge to heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.

We make our own the prayer of Pope Francis in his August 20 letter to the people of God, “May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace of conversion and the interior anointing needed to express before these crimes of abuse our compunction and our resolve 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

... and?

This hardly seems sufficient.
#1 is of no value. Why should anyone trust the nuncio? The nuncio is even now covering up the evidence that Archbishop Vigano says is on file regarding his accusations. They could release hte documents to prove he's as bad as Francis says he is, or they could release the documents that corraborate his story in the name of transparency. But if they do neither, how can anyone trust them to forward complaints about a potentially powerful bishop to Rome

#2 is also of little value. Apparently no one has control over McCarrick or Mahony. So a new policy doesn't seem very useful.

#3 "code of conduct" for the bishops. Are you ****ting me? The bishops didn't know it was wrong for another bishop to have sex with seminarians because it wasn't covered in their 3-ring binder of Policies and Procedures?

#4 blah blah blah

ByzRC said...


I saw the following, got excited for a split second, then, my balloon was instantly deflated by the next paragraph:

"Turning to the Lord"

So, what is going to happen when someone who has a beef with a bishop or, some other ax to grind fabricates a story and confidentially reports it? Ruining a perfectly good bishop's reputation and ministry? To some extent, this seems so reactionary as opposed to having the necessary discussion regarding the shortcomings of priestly formation as discussed in Fr's recent post:

http://southernorderspage.blogspot.com/2018/09/lets-put-it-all-on-table-homosexuality.html

Instead of so much additional structure, why not go back to the gospel-based basics and work at removing the special interests, cliques, homosexuals etc. from the priesthood? Is the Church that ungovernable that this is not possible? It seems plausible that it will only be a matter of time before someone tries out the smear campaign. Potentially, the Nunciature could be kept busy trying to separate the wheat from the chaff while, potentially, a good bishop would then have a police record where none should exist. If this is to be the lay of the land, who would want to become a bishop despite realizing the fullness of their priesthood by so doing?