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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Abortion Bills


January 29, 2020   Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on the passage of companion abortion bills yesterday and today by the Virginia House of Delegates (HB 980) and the Virginia Senate (SB 733) respectively: We ask all…

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Bishop Knestout Statement Following the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Decision to Change Consecration Location


January 17, 2020 It is with great sadness that I have received a letter from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes stating that, due to the controversy of the proposed use of St. Bede Catholic Church for her consecration as the bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, she has decided to find another location for the ceremony to…

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Bishop Knestout Releases Statement on Holy Cross Regional Catholic School


January 2, 2020 Bishop Knestout has released a letter detailing his final decision on the closing of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School following a Dec. 19 meeting with Holy Cross constituents. In part, Bishop writes, “Given all the facts, and having received the input from the pastors, school administrative staff and school advisory board members,…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s Statement on the Little Sisters of the Poor Departing from St. Joseph’s Home


“For more than a century, the Little Sisters of the Poor have been faithful servants and true examples of Christ’s loving care and unwavering, tender devotion for the poor, sick, elderly and dying within our diocese,” said the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond. “I am deeply saddened to see them leave our…

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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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