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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo Reacts to Pope Francis’ Letter on Abuse

Read Pope Francis’ letter on sex-abuse scandal below

In this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond.  

In a statement released Monday, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Dinardo said, in part, he was grateful for the Pope’s letter, saying it must provoke action, especially by the bishops.

The Cardinal added that the Church can only move forward by confronting its own failure.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement:

“I am grateful to the Holy Father for his Letter to the People of God, responding to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation and other revelations that have surfaced. The very fact that he opens the letter with the words of Saint Paul: ‘If one part suffers, all parts suffer with it’ (1 Cor 12:25), shows that he is writing to all of us as a pastor, a pastor who knows how deeply sin destroys lives. I find these words of the Holy Father particularly helpful: ‘penance and prayer will help us to open our eyes and our hearts to other people’s sufferings and to overcome the thirst for power and possessions that are so often the root of those evils.’ These words must provoke action – especially by the bishops. We bishops need to– and we must – practice with all humility such prayer and penance.

“The Holy Father is also inviting, and I am asking this as well, that all the faithful join in prayer and fasting as a way to help foster conversion and genuine change of life wherever it is needed, even in the shepherds of the Church. Jesus remarked once, ‘This kind can only come out through prayer and fasting’ (Mark 9:29); a humble reminder that such acts of faith can move mountains and can even bring about true healing and conversion.

“On behalf of my brother bishops, I offer that only by confronting our own failure in the face of crimes against those we are charged to protect can the Church resurrect a culture of life where the culture of death has prevailed.”

Pope Francis’ letter on sex-abuse scandal:

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