Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement this week after attending Pope Francis' summit on child sexual abuse in Rome. In the statement, DiNardo indicated that in order to address the significant concerns raised by survivors of abuse at the summit, he expects the bishops to continue the work they had begun this fall strengthening the Dallas Charter, and to "prepare to advance proposals, in communion with the Holy See, ...so that my brother bishops can consider them at our June General Assembly." These proposals, he remarked, include "the need to establish specific protocols for handling accusations against bishops, user-friendly reporting mechanisms, and the essential role transparency must play in the healing process." DiNardo asked for continued prayers for church leaders and also for the assistance of lay people to help bring these changes to fruition.
March 1, 2019 - 3:06pm