Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 17, 2020 / 04:00 am
U.S. bishops called for prayer, fasting, and reform during a virtual discussion Monday on the Vatican’s McCarrick Report, which was published last week. The discussion came amid the opening day of a virtual fall meeting of the U.S. bishops’ conference.
The bishops also expressed their appreciation to Pope Francis for commissioning the report, and praised the courage of victims in coming forward to speak about their experiences as they took the floor virtually during the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to discuss the report.
“I would just like to reiterate something I said in the earlier session,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said during the discussion. “Namely, the importance of each of us bishops committing ourselves to spending an hour a day in prayer and reparation before the Blessed Sacrament and also committing ourselves to some form of fasting or penance during the course of each week.”
“I say this because it is in those moments of prayer that the problems described in the McCarrick Report cease to be merely structural problems, cease to be a kind of a problem that is ‘out there’ to be solved by other people, but rather it is where we begin to take some personal responsibility for what has happened in the life of the Church,” he continued.
“It is also in that moment of gazing lovingly into the heart of Jesus that we develop the heart that understands, a heart that sees into the life and the experience of victims both those of minors and vulnerable adults,” Lori said.
“It doesn’t require us to do a big program, it doesn’t require us to spend any money, it probably doesn’t require great expenditure of time on our part,” he said, noting that “we ought to be doing that time before the Blessed Sacrament anyway.”
After the report’s long-awaited release on Tuesday, Nov. 10, the USCCB announced that the schedule of the two-day General Assembly had been altered to allow the bishops to discuss the McCarrick Report.
The report found that while allegations of misconduct by McCarrick were known at various stages of his rise through the Church’s hierarchy, at the time decisions were made to promote McCarrick, the claims lacked supporting evidence.