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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Holy Father’s Appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston


For Immediate Release: July 23, 2019 Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Holy Father’s Appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Mark Brennan on his appointment by Pope Francis as shepherd of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  Having known…

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Diocese of Richmond Implements Confidential EthicsPoint Reporting


Bishop Barry C. Knestout has announced the implementation of EthicsPoint, an independent, third-party ethics reporting system within the Diocese of Richmond. EthicsPoint provides a completely confidential platform that allows any employee, parishioner, clergy or volunteer of the diocese to anonymously submit concerns about suspected unethical behavior, misuse of resources or financial misconduct. The EthicsPoint hotline…

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Bishop Knestout’s Letter on Policy of Naming Institutions


En español June 27, 2019 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In recent years, the Church has become vividly aware of the sorrow and suffering associated with child sexual abuse perpetrated by some clergy. In response, I have taken a number of steps to support the survivors who have suffered abuse and help them on…

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Carta del Obispo Knestout sobre el nombramiento de instituciones


In English 27 de junio de 2019 Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, En los últimos años, la Iglesia se ha dado cuenta de la tristeza y el sufrimiento asociados con el abuso sexual infantil perpetrado por algunos clérigos. En respuesta, he tomado una serie de pasos para apoyar a los sobrevivientes que han sufrido…

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Diocesan News on the May 31 Shooting in Virginia Beach


June 6, 2019 The Holy Father has offered his condolences to the community of Virginia Beach. Bishop Knestout thanked Pope Francis for his prayers and sympathies on behalf of the faithful. Letter From Pope Francis Bishop Knestout’s Response   Updated & For Immediate Release:  June 2, 2019 Bishop Knestout Visits and Celebrates Mass with Two Virginia…

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Bishop Knestout Statement on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter


May 10, 2019 I welcome Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter “Vos estis lux mundi,” issued Motu proprio, regarding the crime of sexual abuse. It further expresses his firm commitment to protecting children, young adults and the vulnerable from being sexually abused by church personnel, and it reiterates his expectation that care for victims and their families…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on the Announcement of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the Archdiocese of Washington


For Immediate Release: April 4, 2019 “I congratulate and assure Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of my prayers as he becomes Archbishop of Washington. Archbishop Gregory has exemplified the role of bishop as a shepherd in the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., and Archdiocese of Atlanta. As president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2001-2004,…

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Virginia Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate’s Failure to Pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act


The following is a Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) statement regarding the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. February 25, 2019 We are deeply dismayed and astounded that the U.S. Senate has failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). It is a matter of common sense and basic human decency to require, as…

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Statement from Bishop Knestout Regarding Holy See Judgement on Theodore McCarrick


For Immediate Release: February 17, 2019 “The Holy See’s announcement, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, is a clear indicator that sexual abuse against a child or adult by those even at the highest level in the Church is intolerable. I pray this action by the Holy Father is one step to help victims of abuse move…

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Statement from Bishop Knestout Regarding Recent and Extreme Abortion Legislation in Virginia


For Immediate Release: January 31, 2019 Horrific. Outrageous. Vicious. Those words were in my heart as I heard about the proposed legislation that would enable expanding the brutal practice of abortion. There is no place in a civil society for this sort of thought and action. Equally disheartening and reprehensible are the comments made by…

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