Bp. Strickland demands that laypeople be allowed to investigate abuser bishops

LifeSiteNews | 6/17/2019 | Staff
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BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Joseph Strickland called for the U.S. bishops to support proposed efforts before them to reveal specifics related to the scandal surrounding disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Speaking from the floor of the spring General Assembly last Thursday, Strickland expressed support for what Jefferson City, Mo., bishop Shawn McKnight had said earlier: that lay involvement is mandatory in dealing with holding bishops for either sex abuse or its cover-up.

Bishops - Documents - Reporting - Claims - Abuse

The bishops considered and approved three documents related to reporting and investigating claims of abuse or the intentional mishandling of these cases by bishops at their spring meeting in Baltimore.

One document covers bishops removed from office or who resigned due to sexual abuse or intentional mishandling of cases. Another “reaffirms the commitments bishops make to live according to the Gospel and to place themselves under the same high standards applied to their priests, deacons, and lay personnel.” The third pertains specifically to the reporting and investigation of complaints against bishops.

Bishops - Establishment - Third-party - Reporting - System

The bishops also approved the establishment of a national third-party reporting system to streamline the reporting of certain complaints against bishops.

They did not, however, mandate lay involvement in investigating bishops.

Q - A - Session - Documents - Commitments

In the Q&A session for one of the documents, Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments, Strickland reminded the bishops of “the blessing” (39:10 at video below) of two lay advisory bodies available to them: the National Advisory Council and the National Review Board.

“They’ve both spoken to us powerfully this week and reiterated once again a desire that a full reckoning of the McCarrick scandal be offered,” Strickland said. “I’ve been assured that the Holy See is working on that.”

Executive - Committee - USCCB - Anyone - Information

“I would just encourage the Executive Committee of the USCCB, and anyone else who has information, to work with those two lay bodies, those two lay advisory groups that are already...
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