When news of Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals was announced on July 28, 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a very brief statement thanking the Pope “for his leadership in taking this important step.” Last week, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. bishops’ conference released a more extensive communique on behalf of the organization, outlining “the steps the U.S. bishops’ conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the People of God.”
The bishops commented in their August 1 statement: “The accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick reveal a grievous moral failure within the Church. They cause bishops anger, sadness, and shame; I know they do in me. They compel bishops to ask, as I do, what more could have been done to protect the People of God. Both the abuses themselves, and the fact that they have remained undisclosed for decades, have caused great harm to people’s lives and represent grave moral failures of judgement on the part of Church leaders.”
Please select this link to review the U.S. bishops’ statement in its entirety.