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Statement from Bishop Knestout in Response to Today’s Released Vatican Report Regarding Theodore E. McCarrick

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2020

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Earlier today, the Vatican published an extensive report following an investigation of Theodore McCarrick, former cardinal of the Catholic Church (1930-2017). In response, Bishop Barry C. Knestout has issued the following statement:

“I express my deepest gratitude to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for ordering the thorough review and investigation concerning the career of Theodore E. McCarrick, former bishop and cardinal. More importantly, I wish to convey my deepest appreciation to victim survivors and the Catholic faithful for their patience as they waited for the release of this unprecedented and significant document. You can find it here.

“A report of this magnitude will require thoughtful prayer and consideration. Reading it will be painful, but let us do it together. Reflection and prayer are necessary for the healing our Church community seeks and needs. It is my hope that the publication of this information will be another step in healing our wounded Church and that it will serve as an opportunity for reform and renewal.”


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