DOES YOUR BISHOP SUPPORT AN INVESTIGATION?

Following the explosive allegations against ex-Cardinal McCarrick and then the “Testimony” published by Archbishop Viganò, it is of great importance that American Catholics know where their bishops stand with regard to the need for an independent, thorough, and lay-involved investigation. Find your bishop’s statement and help us track down statements that we haven’t listed yet. (Overview and terminology here)

3%
Oppose Investigation
43%
Neutral or Pastoral
54%
Support Investigation
164
Recorded Statements
Type of Comment Diocese Office Name Statement (hover to see more) Statement  
Support Investigation Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger "What is needed now is an independent commission led by well-respected, faithful lay leaders who are beyond reproach, people whose role on such a panel will not serve to benefit them financially, politically, or personally.... We need an investigation — the scope of which is not yet defined but must be defined — and it must be timely, transparent and credible." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Alexandria Bishop David P. Talley Source
No public statement Allentown Bishop
No public statement Altoona-Johnstown Bishop
Neutral/Pastoral Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne "At the same time, this new revelation of Archbishop McCarrick, many people – priests, laity, and hierarchy – are wondering how this or any bishop might rise to the rank of the episcopacy let alone to become a cardinal in the Church? How could such misbehavior not be known and addressed, let alone be overlooked to allow any priest to become a bishop, archbishop or cardinal? ... However, there are some practical considerations that we can advance for further study and review, such as the following: 1. Because Pope Francis places such importance on synodality, especially in terms of an enhanced role and voice of episcopal conferences, the USCCB should speak through our officers on behalf of the Church in the United States for a review of the process by which Archbishop McCarrick rose through the ranks of the hierarchy to the College of Cardinals. We should respectfully ask to define additional measures to strengthen the integrity and process by which new bishops and members of the College of Cardinals are chosen." [rated as neutral since this did not call specifically for an investigation that was transparent and lay-led, though he comes close] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge "I know Archbishop Vigano.... We need to review Archbishop Vigano's letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly. Evidence needs to be given. But the bottom line is we need to know the truth. What is the truth? It demands a comprehensive review. All the faithful need to hear the answer to those questions. Who knew what and when?" Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory “While the current leadership of the USCCB considers next steps, I strongly encourage that they engage the laity in reviewing and recommending courses of action that will assure the faithful that we are serious in curing this blight from our Church and from episcopal governance once and for all." [rated neutral because he does not call for an investigation into past activities, only future ones] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Austin Bishop Joe M. Vasquez Refers to DiNardo statement, but does not endorse. Statement Source
Support Investigation Baker Bishop Liam Cary [extensive statement on McCarrick specifically] "If we are to restore our shattered credibility as a body of bishops, we must immediately seek answers to these questions and pull up the McCarrick corruption by the roots. To do that, we urgently need to know how wide they run and deep. In collaboration with Pope Francis we should appoint an independent commission of lay men and women of impeccable reputation and significant investigative experience to track down the truth whereever it leads." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori "I applaud today’s statement by Cardinal DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who invited the Holy See’s response to claims made by former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, pertaining to the Vatican’s response to the reported behavior of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal DiNardo’s statement accompanied a renewed call for a Vatican investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. I further echo Cardinal DiNardo’s appeal to the Pope for his support of necessary reforms to the Church’s accountability measures, including those which would make the reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier." Statement Source
No public statement Baton Rouge Bishop Michael G. Duka
Neutral/Pastoral Baton Rouge Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench "Recently reported abuses by some clergy from other Catholic dioceses in our country leave us heartbroken and sickened. As the Church continues to address the issue of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, news of the horrendous and inexcusable offenses committed by a former cardinal and revelations of the decades of criminally and morally reprehensible abuse contained in the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury reveal a spiritual crisis in our Church. Our shame is intensified by the sometimes failure of Church leadership to hold abusers accountable. In the words of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “… we already know that one root cause is the failure of episcopal leadership. The result was that scores of beloved children of God were abandoned to face an abuse of power alone. This is a moral catastrophe.” Statement Source
Support Investigation Beaumont Bishop Curtis J. Guillory Affirms DiNardo statement and call for investigation, but does not mention McCarrick Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Belleville Bishop Edward K. Braxton " We have recently learned that 88-year-old Theodore McCarrick, the former Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors when he was a young priest. We have also learned from the August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania Grand Jury finding that in six Catholic Dioceses in the state, over a period of 70 years (dating back to 1947), over 300 priests were credibly accused of sexually abusing more than a thousand minors and, in some cases, individual Bishops concealed these crimes and did not report them to law enforcement. These deeply disturbing events not only cause anger, frustration, disappointment, and bewilderment in the minds and hearts of Catholic laity and clergy Statement Source
Support Investigation Biloxi Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III "I join my brother bishops in expressing remorse, anger, shame and sorrow at the recent news of disturbing and reprehensible behavior attributed to some of the Church's shephers...A plan to change the manner of dealing with this "moral catastrophe" has been presented by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Bishops' Conference...I wish to express my strong support for the plan and invite the prayers of all the faithful of the diocese of Biloxi that the Holy Spirit guide us to address this spiritual crisis in an effective manner." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker "Little in this world can elicit a greater sense of visceral pain, righteous anger. staggering frustration, or paralyzing despair than the sudden unveiling of decades of serious, gut-wrenching betrayal by those in ordained ministry." (nrv) Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Bismarck Bishop David Dennis Kagan "The recent revelations regarding McCarrick and what transpired in the State of Pennsylvania are simply horrific and worse, grievously and mortally sinful. These acts of raw immorality done by clergy and then either dismissed or covered up by other clergy are evil in its real form. Those who have done these terrible things must be prosecuted civilly to the fullest extent allowable by the law. They must have the severest Church penalties imposed on them for the most serious sins and crimes against the Sixth Commandment of God. Every priest and bishop before ordination makes a Profession of Faith and takes an Oath of Fidelity to speak and act so as to build up the Church and to set the example for all entrusted to their spiritual care. As we have been made painfully aware, this has not been done and all guilty of this must answer for their actions." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Boise Bishop Peter Christensen [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Support Investigation Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley "The Bishops Conference is anxious to understand how Theodore McCarrick could have been named Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal. We must be certain that this never happens again. That is why the Bishops Conference are requesting an investigation by the Holy See with the participation of lay people." [Note: Cardinal O'Malley is implicated in some allegations. We note here only his support for further investigation.] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano "During this time of trial, we must come together as a family of faith and beg the Lord for forgiveness and to offer reparation for the sins committed by priests, bishops and any member of the Church, especially the depraved sins against children and the vulnerable.... I believe that the Church is facing a moment of crisis that demands honesty and repentance from the bishops and decisive action to ensure that these failures will never happen again.” Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio, et al [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
No public statement Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone
Neutral/Pastoral Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne "I write in light of the disturbing revelations of the conduct of retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that have become public over the past month. Please know that the Diocese of Burlington remains committed to supporting and caring for all victims of abuse, especially those abused by members of the clergy. I, along with the clergy, staff, and volunteers of the Diocese, will continue to work to ensure safe environments for all God’s people, especially children, youth and vulnerable populations and that no form of harassment, sexual or otherwise, is tolerated within our community." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Camden Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan Furthermore, recent reports about the abuse of power by Archbishop McCarrick are repulsive. Those in positions of leadership in the Church who misuse their authority over others betray the Lord’s calling that I, and my brother bishops and priests, have accepted and answered. I have met with all of our diocesan seminarians and provided them with a reporting mechanism in the event that anyone in a position of authority seeks to morally compromise them. Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Charleston Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone "It is absolutely necessary for all of us to know how and why this happened. Action must occur immediately and publicly. I, too, strongly support an investigation by the Holy See along with a national lay commission with its own authority to seek the truth about the statements made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. These recent reports have triggered many different versions of what has actually happened and it is necessary that the Holy Father respond to the allegations made by the Archbishop." Statement Source
Support Investigation Charlotte Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis “Over the past few weeks we have been presented with a lot of shameful revelations about the conduct of leaders and others in the Catholic Church,” Bishop Jugis said. “I have been hearing from many people who feel betrayed and wonder what is going to happen next to our beloved Church.” Bishop Jugis said he “fully” supports the statement by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read the statement. In that Aug. 16 statement, Cardinal DiNardo called for an investigation into the allegations against Archbishop McCarrick, “an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops,” and “better procedures” to resolve complains made against bishops. Statement Source
No public statement Cheyenne Bishop Steven Biegler
Oppose Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich "The former nuncio makes a number of references to me in his “testimony.” The first is in the sentence: “This is how one explains that, as members of the Congregation for Bishops, the Pope replaced Cardinal Burke with Wuerl and immediately appointed Cupich right after he was made a cardinal.” The former nuncio is confused about the sequence of these events. In fact, I was appointed to the Congregation for Bishops on July 7, 2016, and was named a cardinal on October 9, 2016.... As for the rest of the “testimony,” a thorough vetting of the former nuncio’s many claims is required before any assessment of their credibility can be made." ----------------- “The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s gotta get on with other things of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.” Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr "I am writing to share with you the remarks of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, regarding the allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the steps that the bishops will be taking as a result. (Editor’s note: Cardinal DiNardo’s remarks follow Archbishop Schnurr’s.) Catholics everywhere, including myself, are angered and saddened at these tragic revelations. From the depths of my heart, I express great sorrow for the pain that any victims of Archbishop McCarrick have endured. Let us all pray for their healing and peace. At the same time, I am grateful to those who have courageously stepped forward to bring these evil events to light." [rated as Support because he directly implies support for Card. DiNardo's statement by posting it along with his] ALSO: “It seems to me that the only way to get to the bottom of the entire situation is to open the McCarrick file.... There’s got to be files … within Washington DC and at the Vatican on all of this correspondence.... Archbishop Viganò mentions a few of the documents, but again his testimony is based on his recollection. Others are saying ‘This is not our recollection.’ The only way to get to the facts is to look at the file, and I hope and pray that the file is opened.... I see no other way to get to the bottom of this very painful, this very sad situation.” Link: https://soundcloud.com/sacred-heart-radio/sets/son-rise-morning-show-2018-1 Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Cleveland Bishop Nelson J. Perez [Statement on abuse] "I reiterate the words of my brother bishops shared earlier this week, “We are profoundly saddened each time we hear about the harm caused as a result of abuse, at the hands of a clergyman of any rank.” I ask that the entire Diocese of Cleveland to pray for all the survivors of sexual and all types of abuse and for the guidance of Christ through the healing process." [additionally, the diocese has posted news articles *about* the USCCB/DiNardo statements but we have not found any commentary on those statements] Statement
Support Invest. + Vigano Colorado Springs Bishop Michael John Sheridan [Discussion of the allegations and at 4:40 he calls for an investigation] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Columbus Bishop Frederick F. Campbell "I am deeply disturbed by the recent allegations brought forth against ex-Cardinal McCarrick, and the information released last week by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.... I encourage all to join me in offering prayers of healing for all of those who have been the victims of abuse, and pray that children and young people within our Church, through our faith, leadership and diligence, will be spared and protected from such abuse in the future. I also ask you remember our faithful priests, those dedicated men who serve our Church, our parishes, and ministries, and continue to offer them your prayers and support." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey I want to continue to address the current situation of sexual abuse, the abuse of silence and the unacceptable coverup by bishops and chancery personnel. The alarming revelations surrounding Abp McCarrick's behavior of abuse are more than disgusting...I have also read the eleven-page testimony of Abp Viganò and I cringe. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Covington Bishop Roger D. Foys "I will carry [the pain of survivors of abuse] to the Bishop's Conference in November as we again discuss concrete changes that need to occur within the governance of the Church to better address the sin of sexual abuse within the Church." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Crookston Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner The recent revelations regarding allegations of sexual misconduct by Archbishop McCarrick and the publication of the Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse perpetrated by 300 priests, on 1000 victims, over a 70-year period in six dioceses of Pennsylvania, are deeply disturbing...To this end, Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced that, with an approval vote of the Conference, we will ask the Holy See to conduct an Apostolic Visitation in which a thorough investigation of these matters, utilizing qualified laypersons, can be undertaken. Statement Source
Support Investigation Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns "I support Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and his call to begin addressing abuse of power by bishops and major superiors." [unclear if he meant the call for an investigation or simply the call for reform so we marked this as but in light of the letter he sent Pope Francis directly calling for "transparency" and "accountability" then we marked this as pro-investigation; secon letter: https://cathdal.org/LTRPopeFrancisSynod08292018.pdf] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Davenport Bishop Thomas Zincula [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila "In my interactions with Archbishop Vigano I have found him to be a man of deep faith and integrity. I join Cardinal DiNardo and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Executive Committee in calling for the Holy See to conduct a thorough investigation that includes granting authority to a lay commission to examine the many questions that surround Archbishop McCarrick, such as who was involved in covering-up his gravely immoral behavior or failed to act to stop it." Statement Source
No public statement Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates
Support Investigation Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron “About truth: The Lord assures us that 'the truth will set us free' (Jn 8:32). We have nothing to fear in facing squarely the allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. I join with the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Detroit in praying for the triumph of truth and transparency – and praying that it comes quickly. Whether the Archbishop’s claims are confirmed or proved to be unfounded, the truth which comes to light will show us the sure path to the purification and reform of the Church." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Dodge City Bishop John B. Brungardt "We seek justice. Justice for the perpetrators and enablers. We ask for deeper involvement by civil authorities and the laity, in order to seek justice. 'It is the Lord who judges the world with justice' Ps 9:9" Statement Source
Oppose Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels 1. "I have not read the letter accusing the Holy Father, but those who have, and who are in the know, comment on how there are many holes in the testimony, and that it is sometimes ambiguous." 2. "For what it's worth, unlike his detractors, I like the Pope, but I like even more the justice enshrined in the presumption of innocence and due process, and I hate the injustice done to anyone's reputation by defamation and gossip." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba [ed. note: apparently, Duluth has only just come through its bankruptcy due to its own abuse crisis. The focus of this pastoral note is entirely about the abuse of children and only mentions in passing DiNardo's statement and McCarrick.] Statement Source
Support Investigation El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz "The following statement issued by the United State Catholic Conference of Bishops recognizes that the Catholic Church is “suffering from a crisis of sexual morality.” As a member of the USCCB I, along with my fellow bishops, acknowledge this crisis and pledge further reform. In an effort to ensure reform I ask you, the faithful Catholics in this diocese, to remain vigilant in your efforts to keep our parishes, our schools and our events safe for all people. " [rated as Support because he also posts and references support for Card. DiNardo's statement] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico [statement related to the Pennsylvania grand jury report so rated as neutral since it doesn't reference McCarrick and the broader scandals] Statement Source
No public statement Evansville Bishop Joseph M. Siegel
Neutral/Pastoral Fairbanks Bishop Chad Zielinski "Christ’s words on the treatment of children are harsh to those who mislead or harm them. As a priest of 22 years and a bishop of almost four, I have unfortunately heard far too many stories of people abused as children, youth, or adults. Tragically, some of this has been committed by Church staff. The Diocese of Fairbanks has a painful history of sexual and ethnic/cultural abuse over the years by Church personnel. This is a grave violation of the living, sacred image and likeness of God that is woven in the total being of every person. In light of recent events, as well as the sad history within our diocese, we must respond to God’s call to holiness, which is the only response that will enable us to become ambassadors of healing and hope." Statement Source
Support Investigation Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha "Revelations about now former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his subsequent removal from public ministry and the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury profoundly sadden and disturb me...I was pleased to learn last week that the president of the USCCB has announced a series of steps designed to implement stronger protections against predators in the Church and anyone who would conceal them...Know that I strongly support such steps." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Fargo Bishop John T. Folda [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Support Investigation Fort Wayne - South Bend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades "Also, I wholeheartedly support the actions recently taken by the Administrative Committee of the USCCB to have a full investigation by lay experts regarding the Archbishop McCarrick case, to establish a third-party reporting system to receive complaints of sexual abuse or misconduct by bishop, and to develop a process to hold bishops accountable for negligence in dealing with cases of sexual abuse." Original: http://www.diocesefwsb.org/talkABA2018 [in a speech mentions the McCarrick scandal in passing; no call for investigation] Statement Source
Support Investigation Fort Worth Bishop Michael F. Olsen "I support the Cardinal's [DiNardo]leadership in his office as President of the USCCB as we take steps towards swift, just and decisive action in support o fhte Holy See in the removal of the immoral offenders, the offering of assistance needed to those who have been abused, and to report and work openly with civil authorities to bring to justice all offenders...[We] can move towards decisive action with the Holy See in addressing honestly the requirement that the reporting of sexual abuse can be made without fear of retribution, regardless of the status of the alleged abuser and that anyone enabling clergy abuse might be held appropriately accountable." Statement Source
Support Investigation Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa "One of my greatest concerns is the culture of secrecy that exists in many dioceses among the clergy and even among some of the laity who feel that they need to protect the Church at all costs. This must be addressed more effectively. To remain silent and abandon victims when they need their faith community is the most indefensible." [nb: mentions McCarrick, but doesn't explicitly endorse an investigation] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Ft. Worth Bishop Michael J. Olson "Justice also requires that all of those in Church leadership who knew of the former Cardinal's alleged crimes and sexual misconduct and did nothing be held accountable for their refusal to act thereby enabling others to be hurt." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Gallup Bishop James Wall "The testimony leaves many questions unanswered, and I believe the claims within should be properly investigated in order to shed light on what appears to be much darkness. During my nine years as the Bishop of Gallup, I have had the privilege of working with three very fine Apostolic Nuncios. All three have faithfully served the church, and I believe have always had the best interests of the Church and her members in the ministry they perform." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Galveston-Houston Cardinal, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Daniel DiNardo "On August 1st, I promised that USCCB would exercise the full extent of its authority, and would advocate before those with greater authority, to pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. On August 16th, I called for an Apostolic Visitation, working in concert with a national lay commission granted independent authority, to seek the truth. Yesterday, I convened our Executive Committee once again, and it reaffirmed the call for a prompt and thorough examination into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement. The recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò brings particular focus and urgency to this examination. 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 sins of the past." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Gary Bishop Donald J. Hying "As many of you have read, Abp Carlo Vigano, the former papal nuncio to the United States, has recently asserted that Pope Francis knew the background of former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, i.e. that he was a sexual predator and that Francis lifed the restrictions that Pope Benedict had imposted on McCarrick, relying on him as an advisor and as an envoy to foreign countries for special missions. These are grave charges. Clearly, these assertions must be investigated and shown either true or false." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Gaylord Bishop Steven J. Raica "At the same time, the survivors have taught me so much about their hopes and dreams as believers, and how those dreams can be dashed when clerics abuse their power by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in parishioners. The survivors are sons and daughters of God who deserve our understanding and accompaniment on their faith journey and a path forward toward healing. Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Grand Island Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt [right on the home page of the diocesan website] "Following upon both the accusations of the abuse committed by Archbishop McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, new questions have been raised in recent days by the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, implicating others in Church leadership in connection with Archbishop McCarrick. Because Archbishop Viganò held a unique and important position of leadership serving the Church in our country, the questions raised in his statement must be taken seriously. On August 16th, Cardinal DiNardo called for “an Apostolic Visitation, working in concert with a national lay commission granted independent authority, to seek the truth in all of this.” Since then, he has further stated, “The recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò brings particular focus and urgency to this examination. The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence.” I want to add my voice in support of his call for a prompt and thorough examination of this entire crisis in leadership. Statement Source
Support Investigation Grand Rapids Bishop David J. Walkowiak "The 11-page testimony released by Archbishop Viganò needs to be investigated to the fullest extent. We need to arrive at the truth. Only a thorough investigation will determine whether the claims made by the Archbishop are true. If they are true, action needs to be taken promptly to fix these failures." --------------- [original statement: http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/multimedia/Pages/Bishop-Walkowiak-statement-Cardinal-McCarrick.aspx#.W2MFzNJKiUk] "“In recent days we have been made aware of allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., involving several young adults and minors. While the necessary civil and church investigations must be conducted to address such accusations, it is shocking to hear of such incidents involving a cardinal or any representative of the Church. Beset by a tragic history of such cases, the Church must seek forgiveness and repentance and reach out in care to victims of such abuse. This history also demands of us the need to continually strengthen our resolve to take concrete measures in ensuring a safe environment for our children and youth in parishes, schools, and society." [also links the DiNardo statement] Statement Source
No public statement Great Falls - Billings Bishop Michael William Warfel
No public statement Green Bay Bishop David Lauren Ricken
No public statement Greensburg Bishop
No public statement Harrisburg Bishop
Support Invest. + Vigano Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair "The recent very troubling statemtn of Archbishop Vigano...brings, in the words of the President of our U.S. Conference of Bishops, 'particular focus and urgency' to the 'examination into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement.' This is a profound concern that we all share and the truth has to be told.... I pledge to do my part as a Bishop to unmask whatever has led to our present anguish." Statement Source
No public statement Helena Bishop [sede vacante]
Support Investigation Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva "Obviously this is a time of great crisis for our Church, and we pray that it will be an occasion for complete repentance and purification. While this causes much anger and disillusionment to all of us, I ask you to be extremely careful not to allow Satan to achieve his desire of dividing and destroying the Catholic Church, which always remains the beloved Bride of Christ. Be strong in your faith, and share that faith in JESUS CHRIST with others, because he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I share with you below a statement issued today by the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and I pray that the investigation he calls for will go forward with all honesty to reveal the truth, so that we can all be healed of this terrible cancer that has infected the life of our Church." Statement Source
No public statement Houma-Thibodaux Bishop Shelton J. Fabre
Support Investigation Indianapolis Archbishop Charles C. Thompson [in this statement, he refers to a previous statement that I can't find; this archbishop is Cdl Tobin's successor in Fort Wayne] "As I mentioned in a previous statement, coinciding with the USCCB by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston-Galveston, USCCB president, and numerous other bishops, there is much work to be done in the coming weeks to set things right, by the grace of God, once and for all...There can be no further cover-up. All, especially bishops, must be held accountable." The archdioces, presumably under his direction, also issued a tweet endorsing DiNardo's statement here: https://twitter.com/ArchbpCThompson/status/1025170582885818371 Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Jackson Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz [no mention of McCarrick; this statement precedes the DiNardo call for an investigation] Statement Source
Support Investigation Jefferson City Bishop W. Shawn McKnight [commenced independent review at his direction, requested Atty Gen Hawley review their files as well] also, statement here: http://catholicmissourianonline.com/stories/making-connections-a-pledge-to-change-the-culture-rebuild-trust,1034 Statement Source
Support Investigation Joliet Bishop "I offer my strong support for the decision made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to seek an 'Apostolic Visitation, working in concert with a national lay commission granted independent authority, to seek the truth" with regard to the matter of Abp McCarrick. This scandal needs to be thoroughly investigated and brought into the light." Statement Source
Support Investigation Juneau Bishop Andrew E. Bellisario "On August 1, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo released a statement saying in part: “The accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick reveal a grievous moral failure within the Church. …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 judgment on the part of church leaders.” I agree with Cardinal DiNardo’s assessment." [even though he did not specifically call for an investigation, given his blanket approval of DiNardo's statement we rated this as Support] Statement Source
Support Investigation Kalamazoo Bishop Paul J. Bradley "Bishop Paul J. Bradley released the following statement today in regards to recent allegations of sexual abuse within the Church, and in solidarity with the statement issued by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann "In my experience of Archbishop Vigano during his tenure as apostolic nuncio, he was a man of integrity. There are also respected sources that are contesting elements of Archbishop Vigano’s statement. This development makes it even more imperative that we embrace Cardinal DiNardo’s commitment to pursue the truth of why McCarrick was allowed to continue to exercise public ministry and continue in the College of Cardinals, when his sexual misconduct and abuse of power were already known. We must do all that we can to ascertain the truth and then allow the chips to fall where they may." Statement Source
Support Investigation Kansas City - St. Joseph Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. "A corollary issue includes addressing the dysfunctional dynamic which allowed Archbishop McCarrick to not only continue in ministry, but also rise through the ranks of the hierarchy. Questions are rightly being asked about who knew of his conduct and why action was not taken earlier. We must be able to hold one another accountable and do so without fear. Finally, I agree with Cardinal DiNardo’s recent statement..." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika "I've publicly said that anyone who was involved with a cover up should resign, even if that's the pope himself. But we need cleansing and purification in our church.... And so again I just want to apolgoize to you all in my name from my heart for all of this. Like I said in my letter, people should be held accountable, even if it's the Pope...." His letter: https://dioknox.org/bishop-stika-issues-pastoral-letter-after-pennsylvania-abuse-report/ "I have supported publicly and I will advocate at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall General Assembly for a national review board made up of laity, to review any accusations of abuse or failure to respond to allegations by a bishop." [rated neutral because it is forward looking and does not call for specific investigations into current allegations, though he seems to indicate a general inclination in that direction] And Twitter: https://twitter.com/bishopstika/status/1034167171855908865?s=21 "I do hope the Pope responds with some comments regarding the former Nuncio’s letter. The people deserve to hear something!" On Sep. 12, 2018 he was asked on Twitter by Christine Harrington "Do you support investigating Vigano's claims?" and he replied "Yes." [His account is now locked down but we have a screenshot.] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral La Crosse Bishop William P. Callahan [notable for its extreme blandness, which is saying something] Statement Source
Support Investigation Lafayette Bishop Timothy L. Doherty "There is evidence that various people made allegations and had reported them in the United States and in Rome. What has gone wrong? We deserve to find out. If the news is damaging, we have to hope it will damage and then help to correct an allegedly corrupt process.... It is not impossible for the conference to hire an outside investigator." Statement Source
Support Investigation Lafayette in Indiana Bishop Timothy L. Doherty The report on Archbishop McCarrick did surprise me. I had not heard even a whisper about him. There is evidence that various people made allegations and had reported them in the United States and in Rome. What has gone wrong? We deserve to find out. If the news is damaging, we have to hope it will damage and then help to correct an allegedly corrupt process. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Lafayette in Louisiana Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Lake Charles Bishop Glen John Provost "(EDITOR’S NOTE: Bishop Glen John Provost received this statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at 12:20 p.m. today, August 1, and in fully endorsing it, felt that the information should be disseminated to the people of the Diocese of Lake Charles on its website.)" Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Lansing Bishop Early Boyea "...each bishop is ultimately responsible to the Holy Father, who is the only one who can remove him, Still, the USCCB will be discussing how we bishops might attempt to hold one another accountable, given this limitation." [the diocese has also planned an external audit and review of policies: https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/news/bishop-boyea-plans-conduct-external-audit-and-publish-names-clerics-credible-allegations] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Laredo Bishop James A. Tamayo [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Support Investigation Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantù The summer has brought us disturbing news with the credible allegations of sexual abuse and abuse of power against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and the publishing of the Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania detailing abuse cases by clerics and mismanagement by bishops and other church authorities...Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, last week proposed a pathway forward in calling bishops to account. In his words: “We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to avoid repeating the sins and failure of the past….” With that resolve, Cardinal DiNardo has called for investigation into abuse of power by bishops with the “substantial involvement” of lay experts in law enforcement, investigation, psychology, and other relevant disciplines. Statement Source
Support Investigation Las Vegas Bishop George Thomas Leo In recent days, I have been encouraged by the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for formulating policies and processes to hold bishops “to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.” These goals, according to Conference President Cardinal DiNardo, “will be pursued according to three criterion: proper independence, sufficient authority and substantial leadership by the laity.” The proposed policy will ultimately require the approval of Pope Francis. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Lexington Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. "In recent weeks, we have heard the very disturbing and painful revelations about abusive behavior from former cardinal Theodore McCarrickand, in the last few days, the horrifying descriptions of many cases of clerical abuse and the efforst of bishops to hide these facts and not respond to victims. The faithful of the Church have an absolute right to expect and to demand more from their leadership." Statement Source
Support Investigation Lincoln Bishop James Conley "Of course, the facts are not all yet clear; we don’t yet know the full truth. But justice demands that we seek the facts, and that those who have done wrong be held accountable. In the weeks and months to come, the Church’s investigations may well turn up more information, and while that might lead to clarity and understanding, it might also lead to more painful and difficult moments." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Little Rock Bishop Anthony B. Taylor "Pope Francis is clearly making good on his promise to hold everyone accountable, including bishops and even cardinals — and for that I am grateful. Archbishop McCarrick is the highest-ranking bishop ever to be removed over claims of abuse committed by him personally rather than simply mishandling or even concealing crimes of abuse committed by others, as was the case with the bishops of Chile and others. These tragic cases remind us that no one is above the law — neither civil law nor canon (Church) law." Additionally, the diocese has releasesed the records of its internal investigations and the names of priests with credible accusations against them: https://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/5762/Diocese-makes-clergy-disclosure-list-public-for-first-time Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron “This is not some minor player, this is the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States … He’s making some serious claims, and I’d say look into them. Let’s take an honest, objective look at what’s being claimed here.” Statement Source
Support Investigation Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurz "I will go to Washington, D.C. in a week for the USCCB Administrative Committee meeting at which the agenda for the November Bishops' meeting will be set. At this meeting I expect we will make plans to take action, beginning with the three-point plan set forth by Cardinal DiNardo and the Executive Committee of the USCCB. This plan includes a call for an independent review of events surrounding Abp McCarrick, clear paths to report misconduct or abuse by bishops and advocacy and assurances for better procedures to resolve complaints." Statement Source
No public statement Lubbock Bishop Robert M. Coerver
Support Invest. + Vigano Madison Bishop Robert C. Molino "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. " Statement Source
Support Investigation Manchester Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci "I was gratified to learn that several days ago, at the Holy Father’s direction, the Holy See Press Office announced that a thorough investigation into the matter involving Archbishop McCarrick would take place to 'ascertain all of the relevant facts' and 'follow the path of truth wherever it may lead.'” Original statement tracked: "The outrage that many people have expressed over the circumstances of this case is justifiable. This situation demands swift and decisive action to ensure that what led to these events can never be repeated. Formulating that response is something that will require us who are bishops to draw in a renewed way on the faith and expertise of all the baptized, lay and ordained alike.... While the temptation to separate and to create division may be strong, I hope that we can work together in unity to bring about the changes that will create a Church that is ever more holy and strong, true to its mission to lift up the dignity of every human person." Source: https://www.catholicnh.org/assets/Documents/About/Bishop/PAL-McCarickResponse.pdf Statement Source
Support Investigation Marquette Bishop John F. Doerfler "The brunt of the responsibility for the clergy sexual abuse crisis that has plagued our beloved Church lies in the hands of bishops who did not protect their flock from wolves....Thus, I fully support the following course of action proposed by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the USCCB, in his statement of August 16: (*) A full investigation of questions surrounding Abp McCarrick. (*) Make reporting of abuse by bishops easier. (*) Advocate for better procedures to resolve complaints against bishops. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Memphis Bishop Martin Holley "The Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Washington have issued statements from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Donald Wuerl concerning allegations of sexual misconduct brought against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The Archdiocese of New York's case review board has reviewed the allegations and have deemed them credible. Please keep Cardinal McCarrick and the person in your prayers that God may provide His merciful grace of healing for all. The Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee is committed to identifying and reporting any allegations of child abuse; to the prevention of abuse before it occurs; and to care for those victims who have suffered abuse." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio "The abuse of anyone who is vulnerable is both shameful and horrific. The abuse of a minor by a priest – as is being reported in this case from New York – is an abomination and sickens and saddens us all. The work of building the Kingdom of God in this diocese is much more than its bishops, and I thank you for all of your help here in the Diocese of Metuchen in supporting our common mission. In particular, I am grateful for the substantial work of our training programs, background checks and zero-tolerance policies which are carefully designed both to protect those entrusted to our care and to prevent harm to our children in the future. I offer my sincere apologies to anyone who has ever been victimized, and I ask anyone who has been abused by any clergy to report it directly to law enforcement. I want all victims to know that they are always in my prayers, and I ask everyone in the Diocese to join with me in praying that the Lord will bring them courage, healing and consolation." Also: https://diometuchen.org/bishop/from-the-bishop-s-desk/2018/bishops-letter-to-the-faithful-on-the-feast-of-the-birth-of-the-blessed-virgin-mother/ " Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski [Posts referencing the comments of others exist on the diocesan website but no commentary on them is provided] https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Article_153555125423885 https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Article_bishops-renew-commitment-to-transparency-in-abuse-cases Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Military Services Archbishop Timothy M. Broglio Source
Neutral/Pastoral Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki Source
Support Investigation Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi "The questions about the accusations regarding Archbishop McCarrick...are many and justifiable....The Bishops who form the leadership of the United States Catholic Conference have already requested of the Pope that an impartial and independent investigation be made into the matter of the accusations against Archbishop McCarrick. This is needed as soon as possible." Statement Source
No public statement Monterey Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (apostolic administrator, sede vacante)
Neutral/Pastoral Nashville Bishop J. Mark Spalding, J.C.L. [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Support Investigation New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond "Yes, all of us have heard of church leaders being unfaithful to their vocations, unfaithful to the promises they made at ordination. And, yes, this has included a cardinal, bishops, priests and deacons. They have taken advantage of the young and the weak and have abused them sexually...We just heard that a few moments ago from the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 34: 11-16). Through the prophet, God says, 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel. They have used my sheep. They have abused them. They have taken advantage of the sheep.' And God says, 'I am faithful. I will save my sheep. I will be their shepherd. The injured I will bind up myself.'...[Cardinal DiNardo] promises that a full investigation regarding Archbishop McCarrick will take place because this can never happen again – someone who is a cardinal of the church. It can't. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral New Ulm Bishop John LeVoir [see above: apparently New Ulm is working through its own abuse crisis. No statements about anything at the national level.] Statement
Support Investigation New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan Speaking at a press conference Sept. 21, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called for a formal investigation- an apostolic visitation- of the Church in the United States in response to allegations that have surfaced in recent months regarding decades of sexual immorality on the part of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. “Part of my people saying ‘we're beginning to lose trust in bishops’ is their legitimate question as to how could a man continue to rise in the Church with a background like that?’ And that’s a darn good question, that I share. We have got to get to the bottom of that.” Statement Source
Oppose Newark Bishop Joseph W. Tobin "The Archdiocese of Newark and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. express shock, sadness and consternation at the wide-ranging array of allegations published by the former apostolic nuncio to the United States of America, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, which cannot be understood as contributing to the healing of survivors of sexual abuse. The factual errors, innuendo and fearful ideology of the "testimony" serve to strengthen our conviction to move ahead resolutely in protecting the young and vulnerable from any sort of abuse, while guaranteeing a safe and respectful environment where all are welcome and breaking down the structures and cultures that enable abuse. Together with Pope Francis, we are confident that scrutiny of the claims of the former nuncio will help to establish the truth." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Norwich Bishop Michael R. Cote [does not mention the McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ "I endorse the call of Cdl Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US bishops, to the Holy Father to establish an independent, lay-led review board that will address complaints against bishops. In regards to the scandal of Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and the revelations of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, we need such a board or commission to find the truth. Perhaps this could be the existing National Review Board. Whatever group is set up, it needs to find out "who knew what and when did they know it?" Statement Source
No public statement Ogdensburg Bishop LaValley
Support Invest. + Vigano Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley "This document merits, indeed it demands deeper examination and verification of each of its claims. Like so many, I am deeply troubled by the assertions contained in this unprecedented document. While I lack any personal knowledge or experience of the details contained in his “testimony,” I have the deepest respect for Archbishop Viganó and his personal integrity. His claims, yet to be investigated or substantiated, confirm the urgency of a thorough investigation of Archbishop McCarrick’s advancement through the ecclesiastical ranks given his history of alleged abuse, involving seminarians and young people. I lend my voice and support to that of Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, and so many of my brother bishops in asking for such an investigation." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Omaha Archbishop George Lucas "Several days ago, I met with a representative group of our archdiocesan priests. We shared experiences of the pain and anger of our parishioners. We spoke of our own desire for proper accountability and for healing in the Church. Like so many of you, my brother priests are hurt and demoralized by what we have heard. Please let me encourage us all to turn to Christ and beg his companionship in these days. I am committing to fast and pray each Thursday, for mercy and healing for the Church, and I have invited our priests to join me. In addition, the priests have encouraged me in my commitment to insist with the other bishops of this country that there be structures put in place for judging allegations of misconduct on the part of bishops. All must be able to have confidence that there are transparent and effective ways for bishops to be held accountable for their actions." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Orange County Bishop Kevin W. Vann "I see Archbishop Viganò as a man of integrity, having known him for many years. Given the grave accusations leveled by the former apostolic nuncio, I believe that it is necessary for the Holy Father to ensure that a competent investigation be undertaken swiftly. The truth of each accusation having been established, just penalties should be imposed upon those found guilty with the goal of repairing scandal and restoring justice." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Orange County Auxiliary Bishop Timothy E. Freyer Bishop Vann's statement ends: "In making this statement, I am joined by my auxiliary bishops, Timothy E. Freyer and Thanh Thai Nguyen." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Orange County Auxiliary Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen Bishop Vann's statement ends: "In making this statement, I am joined by my auxiliary bishops, Timothy E. Freyer and Thanh Thai Nguyen." Statement Source
Support Investigation Orlando Bishop John Noonan "I join Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) ,and my brother bishops to receive the Holy Father's support to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier, to advise the lay faithful of credible allegations, and improve procedures for resolving complainst against bishops, including an independent investigation of any allegation." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Owensboro Bishop William F. Medley [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Palm Beach Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito Source
Neutral/Pastoral Paterson Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Pensacola-Tallahassee Bishop William A. Wack "Lastly (but not finally, since there are many things we can and should do), it would behoove us and the people we serve to be more inclusive of laypeople in our decision-making and in our social lives as well. In order to break some of the unnecessary bonds of secrecy and privilege, we should welcome friendships with people outside the episcopacy and priesthood. It has been a tremendous blessing for me to get to know families in parishes and the diocese, and to share with them my own personal struggles and concerns." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Bishop Steven Lopes “I’ll tell you what response is not good enough: It’s the parade of cardinals and bishops who have rushed to the television cameras, clutching their pectoral crosses, saying, ‘I knew nothing.... I don't believe it. And I am one of them.... I was a seminarian when Theodore McCarrick was named Archbishop of Newark, and he would visit the seminary often. And we all knew." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput "The archbishop enjoyed working with Archbishop Viganò during his tenure as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and found his service to be marked by integrity to the church," said Ken Gavin, spokesperson for the archdiocese of Philadelphia. "However he can't comment on Archbishop Vigano's recent testimonial as it is beyond his personal experience." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted “I have known Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò for 39 years.... Although I have no knowledge of the information that he reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so I cannot personally verify its truthfulness, I have always known and respected him as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity.... For this reason, I ask that Archbishop Viganò’s testimony be taken seriously by all, and that every claim that he makes be investigated thoroughly. Many innocent people have been seriously harmed by clerics like Archbishop McCarrick; whoever has covered up these shameful acts must be brought to the light of day.” Statement Source
No public statement Pittsburgh Bishop
Support Investigation Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample "Like many of you, I was shocked angered, and discouraged by the recent revelations concerning Cardinal and retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Theodore McCarrick...it is an institutional failure...that someone entrusted with pastoral responsibility and care could, apparently, act in such a heinously sinful and criminal manner....All of these allegations should have been brought to light much sooner; and then dealt with with swiftly, justly, and transparently. Statement Source
Support Investigation Portland in Maine Bishop Robert Deeley "Like you, I am profoundly disheartened by the reports that have emerged in recent weeks regarding Abp McCarrick and the grand jury report in Pennsylvania. These stories of past sexual abuse ar painful to hear and horrible in nature...I am encouraged that Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, made an announcement today concerning the way in which we, as bishops will respond to this crisis. Three goals have been established: first, a full investigation into the McCarrick case; second, a new and confidential way for individuals to report complaints against bishops; and finally, advocacy for better procedures to resolve complaints against bishops..." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin “I need to emphasize that I do not have any privileged information about this matter, nor do I have the facts necessary to come to a definitive, impartial judgement.... Nonetheless, the allegations lodged by Archbishop Viganò involving Pope Francis are substantive, and need to be investigated in a prompt and just manner.... The future direction of the Church, its spiritual welfare, and the faith of God’s people, are at stake." Statement Source
Support Investigation Pueblo Bishop Stephen J. Berg "I agree with all those who call for justice. Justice requires that all of those who knew of these crimes and misconduct be held accountable, morally and legally, for their actions and lack thereof." (refers to McCarrick specifically.) Statement Source
Support Investigation Raleigh Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, JCL I support the goals recently outlined by the USCCB to investigate, report and resolve recent accounts that have come to light and to do so under criteria that include independence and high­ level involvement of the laity. Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Rapid City Bishop Robert D. Gruss "Further questions have arisen in the released testimony from the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in which he makes serious allegations about the Archbishop McCarrick abuse case. I join my voice with Cardinal DiNardo and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Executive Committee in calling for the Holy See to conduct a thorough investigation that includes granting authority to a lay commission to examine the many questions that surround the case of Archbishop McCarrick." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Reno Bishop Randolph Calvo [no mention of McCarrick scandal] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knesstout [speaking of McCarrick] "In consideration of the Holy Father's decision, there is a canonical process in place and we must allow the process and any potentical civil procedure to take its course. I am committed to the protection and care of all God's children in the Diocese of Richmond." Statement Source
Support Investigation Rochester Bishop Salvatore R. Matano "I will continue to address the tragic subject of the sexual abuse of minors and other forms of sexual misconduct. These efforts will continue with my full cooperation with the USCCB as we work together to serve you... Statement Source
Support Investigation Rockford Bishop David J. Malloy "I promise to you, the faithful people of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford to continue our stringent efforts to protect ALL people as well as the holiness of our bishops, priests and deacons... I will also continue to work with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to bring about the changes called for by the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, that are necessary to heighten our efforts to provide safe environments in which we can confidently practice and live out our lives of faith." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Rockville Centre Bishop John Barres [posted the USCCB statement by Card. DiNardo on the diocese website along with a nearly half hour video talking about the abuse, survivors, and pastoral thoughts] “I support Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in his articulation of the need for decisive answers regarding the issues raised in the recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Further, I fully support Cardinal DiNardo’s pursuit of a dedicated plan to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier, and to improve procedures for resolving complaints against bishops. Finally, I echo Cardinal DiNardo’s apology to the survivors of abuse and the families who have lost a loved one to abuse. We pray for them as we pray for the Church during this difficult period in Her history.” Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto "The concerns raised by the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, are serious and call for an honest, transparent response." Statement Source
No public statement Saginaw Bishop Joseph R. Cistone
Support Investigation Salina Bishop Gerald Vincke "I believe in justice. Recently, the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated their support of a full investigation into the allegations surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. The committee has recommended that the investigation be done by lay experts in relevant fields, including law enforcement and social services. Currently, a timeline for that investigation is unknown." [in light of the context of this statement, we interpret this as a statement of support for this investigation] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Salt Lake City Bishop Oscar Solis (doc: Bishop: Statement to Clergy) [no mention of McCarrick or even the PA grand jury report. Generic boilerplate] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano San Angelo Bishop Michael Sis "I support a thorough and impartial investigation of any allegation of a cover-up in the case of Cardinal McCarrick, as a vital step in a long process toward re-establishing trust with Catholics everywhere. People have been harmed very deeply. They are in need of healing and peace. The credibility and unity of our Church have suffered tremendously." Statement Source
No public statement San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller
Neutral/Pastoral San Bernardino Bishop Gerald R. Barnes Source
Oppose San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy This is a moment when the bishops of our nation, in union with the Holy Father, should be focused solely on comprehensively revealing the truth about the patterns of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy in our Church, so that deep reform can be enacted. Unfortunately, in recent weeks ideological warriors within the Church on both sides of the spectrum have utilized the tragedy of victims of abuse to promote their goals. The dedication to comprehensive truth has been subordinated to selective targeting of enemies and tendentious distortions of the truth. Archbishop Vigano’s statement constitutes just such a distortion.... We must make public our sinful past." [rated oppose because he restricts the comment to abuse of minors as opposed to sexual abuse and abuse of power, derides Vigano, and does not include the laity in the investigation] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano San Francsico Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone "I came to know Archbishop Viganò well during the years he served as Apostolic Nuncio here in the United States. I can attest that he is a man who served his mission with selfless dedication, who fulfilled well the Petrine mission entrusted to him by the Holy Father to “strengthen his brothers in the faith,” and who would do so at great personal sacrifice and with absolutely no consideration given to furthering his “career” – all of which speaks to his integrity and sincere love of the Church. Moreover, while having no privileged information about the Archbishop McCarrick situation, from information I do have about a very few of the other statements Archbishop Viganò makes, I can confirm that they are true. His statements, therefore, must be taken seriously. To dismiss them lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath [does not mention the McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Support Investigation Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester In addition to action plans on the local level, I am pleased to see that the USCCB, under the leadership of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, is establishing action plans related to investigating, reporting and resolving allegations brought against bishops. The USCCB is ensuring that these action plans include substantial lay leadership and that these leaders are given proper authority and independence. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Santa Rosa Bishop Robert S. Vasa [does not mention the McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
No public statement Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmeyer, OFM Conv.
No public statement Scranton Bishop
Neutral/Pastoral Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain "The sexual abuse of a minor is an intrinsic moral evil and a crime." Statement Source
Support Investigation Shreveport Bishop [sede vacante] [Abp Aymond wrote a statement for Shreveport as they have no bishop to address this crisis] "We are still hurting from the recent accusations against a cardinal and the information in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, only to learn of the yet deeper accusations of the former nuncio to our country, Archbishop Vigano...How do we move forward in repentance and hope?...3. Accept the specific plan of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) outlined by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB, who states that we MUST undertake a full and complete investigation of questions surrounding Archbishop Mccarrick so that this can never happen again and pledge to find a way in which abuse and misconduct of bishops can be reported swiftly, effectively and confidentially. Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless Let me say this about the “Testimony.” In having read carefully the 11-page Testimony of Archbishop Viganó, I support and echo Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in his statement of Aug. 27, in which he stated, “The recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó brings particular focus and urgency to this examination. 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 sins of the past.” I believe Archbishop Viganó and, at the same time, we need more information. In the matter of transparency in disciplining bishops, no one is above the law; and no bishop, regardless of diocese or rank or standing, may hope to evade the full and exacting moral law of our Lord Jesus Christ and the canonical laws of the church in the exercise of our duties. Therefore, let the harsh light of truth come, with its healing and freeing power. Moreover, while renewing my respect for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, I join the greater part of my brother bishops in supplicating the Holy Father to make a clearer and fuller answer to the Testimony. My unshakeable loyalty to the Chair of St. Peter prompts me to beg its current occupant, Pope Francis, to undertake the necessary examination for the truth and to lead us courageously. This examination must happen for the church to heal and move forward, and it undoubtedly will happen, if not with our cooperation, then in spite of any attempts to avoid it. We bishops must be open to the truth and accept justice for our misconduct, if any be found. Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Sioux Falls Bishop Paul J. Swain "While I have no personal knowledge of any of these matters, I fully associate myself with the recommendations of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, outlined in his statement issued on August 27, 2018. Specifically, I echo the Cardinal’s request that Pope Francis authorize an apostolic visitation by independent lay leaders who have been fully empowered to investigate these allegations and to recommend procedures to assure greater accountability of bishops." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly "In regards to Archbishop Viganò's letter, Bishop Daly concurs with the statement of Cardinal DiNardo, President of the US Bishops Conference. " Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Springfield Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki "Given the gravity of the content and implications of the former Nuncio’s statement, it is important for all the facts of this situation to be fully reviewed, vetted, and carefully considered. Toward that end, Pope Francis, Vatican officials and the current Apostolic Nuncio should make public the pertinent files indicating who knew what and when about Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) McCarrick and provide the accountability that the Holy Father has promised." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Springfield - Cape Girardeau Bishop Edward M. Rice [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Springfield in Illinois Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Given the gravity of the content and implications of the former Nuncio’s statement, it is important for all the facts of this situation to be fully reviewed, vetted, and carefully considered. Toward that end, Pope Francis, Vatican officials and the current Apostolic Nuncio should make public the pertinent files indicating who knew what and when about Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) McCarrick and provide the accountability that the Holy Father has promised. Statement Source
No public statement Springfield in Massachusetts Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski
Neutral/Pastoral St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estévez "The Florida Attorney General announced today (Oct. 4, 2018) they will investigate the Diocese of St. Augustine along with the other Florida dioceses to ensure the Church is properly handling allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy and church personnel. Bishop Felipe Estévez said he is supportive of the investigation and the diocese will cooperate fully throughout the process. 'This has been a very painful period for all Catholics. I hope the outcome of this investigation and other acts of transparency by the dioceses in Florida will bring about greater trust in the Church. Our goals are similar – to ensure the safety of all children and vulnerable adults and to prevent perpetrators of abuse from serving in active ministry,' said Bishop Estévez." [rated neutral because the comment regards a separate investigation] Statement Source
No public statement St. Cloud Bishop Donald J. Kettler
Support Investigation St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley accepted Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s invitation to review files “for the purpose of making an independent determination of our handling of allegations of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.” [Note: Archbishop Carlson is the subject of some allegations. We note here only his position of further investigations.] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano St. Paul & Minneapolis Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda "Church leaders must be judged by outsiders who have the independence, objectivity and expertise to be fair and credible. We need the assurance that any cleric - whether a newly ordained priest or a Pope - who abused minors or knowingly protected or enabled such abusers, will be held accountable. The same is true for those who abuse their position to take advantage of vulnerable adults, persons receiving spiritual care or seminarians. Having had good reasons to place my trust in both Pope Francis and Archbishop Viganò, I am personally at a loss as to how to evaluate the claims that have been made by the Archbishop. Based on my experience in this Archdiocese, I believe that some form of an independent review led by credible outsiders is the only way to resolve such situations and restore trust." Statement Source
Support Investigation St. Paul & Minneapolis Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens "When there is an allegation against a bishop or archbishop in our Archdiocese, it is reported to the Board of Directors, lay people. They play a vital role in making certain that all allegations are investigated and addressed. I believe that a similar approach utilizing lay expertise is necessary on the national level. An independent national review board would result in a more fair process for holding the hierarchy accountable. In this way, there will be more confidence in our Church leaders in the future." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory L. Parkes [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
No public statement St. Thomas Bishop Herbert Armstrong Bevard
Neutral/Pastoral Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton "As we share our common Christian Pilgrimage, we ccontinue to be reminded of the reprehensible actions by Church leaders, most especially by priests and bishops here in the United States.... Furthermore, guided by the Solemn Penitential Season of Lent, I personally will embrace the Three Pillars of Lent, namely, fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.... If you are able, I invite you to embrace one or all of these Pillars individually or as a family." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Stockton Bishop Myron J. Cotta [does not mention the McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Superior Bishop James Powers "Once again, we are all hurt, confused, and angered by the recent news of Archbishop McCarrick's abuses, the grand jury report from Pennsylvania, and the accusations against Pope Francis. I offer my apologies for Chruch cover-ups and lack of transparent action, which led to sexual abuse of goth children and adults, including seminarians." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas "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.... 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. Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. [no mention of McCarrick] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Tucson Bishop Edward Joseph Weisenburger "The depth of the abuse revealed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's report continues to show the ramifications of past practices by Church leadership regarding sexual abuse. The consequences continue to widen. It can be difficult to understand how the situations revealed by the report ever happened, let alone how the perpetrators of the abuse were allowed to continue." [notes the statement by Card. DiNardo but does not specifically endorse it; also posts the statement by CUA President Garvey; remarks on the situation but does not call for any specific action] Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Tulsa Bishop David Konderla "I count myself blessed that it was Archbishop Viganò who called me to tell me that I was appointed fourth bishop of Tulsa. The allegations he details mark a good place to begin the investigations that must happen in order for us to restore holiness and accountability to the leadership of the Church." Also, the diocesan statement can be found here: https://dioceseoftulsa.org/news/full-statement-by-bishop-david-konderla-on-the-testimony-of-archbishop-carlo-vigano Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Tulsa Bishop Emeritus Edward J. Slattery "The time has come for His Holiness, Pope Francis, to initiate an immediate, full and exhaustive inquiry into the allegations surrounding his office and his relations with the highest ranking members of the American Hierarchy. I wish to thank Bishop David Konderla of the Diocese of Tulsa for the courage he showed in being one of the first bishops to call for such an investigation. I want to join my name publicly to his and to those other bishops in calling for this initiative so that by this investigation, the Church may fearlessly identify the corruption within, and by prayer and penance root it out. There is no other way." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland "Let us be clear that they are still allegations, but as your shepherd I find them to be credible. Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation, similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible. I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Venice Bishop Frank J. Dewane [does not mention McCarrick scandal at all] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Victoria Bishop Brendan J. Cahill "1. Sexual abuse is a horrible crime against the dignity of the human person. Since 2002, when the reports came out of Boston, the Church has tried hard to be a leader in promoting the safety and health of all people, especially the most vulnerable. We need to remain committed to that, even as we are deeply disheartened and discouraged by the sickness revealed in this report. 2. The cover-up by leaders is equally troubling. Here in Texas a report of abuse of a child must be reported immediately. There is not an exception for the Church." Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Washington Monsignor, Former first counsellor at the U.S. apostolic nunciature Jean-François Lantheaume “Viganò said the truth. That’s all.” Statement Source
Support Invest. + Vigano Washington Cardinal, Patron of the Order of Malta Raymond L. Burke "“The corruption and filth which have entered into the life of the Church must be purified at their roots.... The declarations made by a prelate of the authority of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò must be totally taken to heart by those responsible in the Church. Each declaration must be subject to investigation, according to the Church’s time-tried procedural law.” Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Washington Cardinal; Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Family, and Life; Former auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C. Kevin Farrell “That might be hard for somebody to believe, but if that’s the only thing on your mind, well then you’ll focus on that. I was focused on running the archdiocese. What Cardinal McCarrick was doing here, there and everywhere and all over the world, didn’t enter into my daily routine of running the archdiocese of Washington,” he said. “At no time did anyone ever approach me and tell me. And I was approached by over 70 victims of abuse from all over the United States after 2002,” when the U.S. sex abuse scandal first erupted, Farrell said. “Never once did I even suspect,” he said. “Now, people can say ‘Well you must be a right fool that you didn’t notice.’ I must be a right fool, but I don’t think I am. And that’s why I feel angry.” [rated neutral because he does not specifically oppose the account given by Vigano or oppose an investigation, just gives his own account] Statement Source
Oppose Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl "Archbishop Viganò at no time provided Cardinal Wuerl any information about an alleged document from Pope Benedict XVI with directives of any sort from Rome regarding Archbishop McCarrick. Archbishop Viganò has not produced in his testimony any objectively verifiable proof that he in any way communicated to Cardinal Wuerl restrictions imposed on Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI. In fact, Archbishop Viganò’s testimony says that he did not." Statement Source
No public statement Wheeling-Charleston Bishop [sede vacante; Wm Lori, admin.]
Support Invest. + Vigano Wichita Bishop Karl A. Kemme "I join with others in expressing my hope and expectation that a full, independent and transparent investigation be conducted in this matter so as to bring forth the truth. The allegations of such a respected bishop in the Church and one charged with such great responsibility as the papal nuncio to the United States demands such an investigation." Statement Source
Support Investigation Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly "I echo the National Review Board's call for a lay-lead investigation. I also wholheartedly agree with Cardinal DiNardo's call for a "prompt and thorough examination into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement. Those who knew about the allegations against Abp McCarrick–or any other priest or bishop–yet turned a blind eye, need to be held accountable for their inaction, no matter how prestigious their position may be within the hierarchy." Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Winona Bishop John M. Quinn [no mention of Cdl DiNardo's call for an investigation] Statement Source
Neutral/Pastoral Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus [no mention of McCarrick"] "There have been a number of recent news stories from around the country and around the globe revealing reports of sexual abuse of minors by clergy over many decades and how some bishops did not take decisive action to remove them from ministry. That such stories continue to emerge is deeply troubling, to say the least. The horrors of the abuse which are detailed in many of these reports demonstrate in shocking manner how utterly disgusting is the crime and sin of sexual abuse of minors." Statement Source
No public statement Yakima Bishop Joseph J. Tyson
Support Investigation Youngstown Bishop George V. Murray "Second, after an investigation, any priest or bishop who actually had plausible and reliable information about Archbishop McCarrick’s behavior but chose to disregard it or who participated in a cover up should be removed from office. Third, we, the bishops of the United States, with the approval of the Holy See, should create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) similar to the one established in South Africa after apartheid. The TRC was a restorative justice body. Witnesses were invited to recount their experiences. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request forgiveness. In the U.S. Church, this Commission should be comprised mainly of competent lay people." Statement Source