"Our Church Is Suffering From A Crisis of Sexual Morality" – Amid "A Grievous Moral Failure," The Bench's "Way Forward"
Four days after the watershed resignation of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick as a member of the College of Cardinals following allegations of abuse of minors and several revealed instances of misconduct with and harassment of adults – and with calls for an enforceable, binding accountability being taken up by an ever-growing chorus of US prelates – shortly after 1pm Eastern Wednesday, the following major statement laying out a first course of action was released by the president of the US bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston:
Accusations - Archbishop - Theodore - McCarrick - Failure
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.
These failures raise serious questions. Why weren't these allegations of sins against chastity and human dignity disclosed when they were first brought to Church officials? Why wasn't this egregious situation addressed decades sooner and with justice? What must our seminaries do to protect the freedom to discern a priestly vocation without being subject to misuse of power?
Archbishop - McCarrick - Judgement - Process - Holy
Archbishop McCarrick will rightly face the judgement of a canonical process at the Holy See regarding the allegations against him, but there are also steps we should be taking as the Church here in the United States. Having prayed about this, I have convened the USCCB...
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