BREAKING: Abp. Viganò urges U.S. bishops to confront sex abuse as ‘courageous shepherds’

by Steve Ray on November 13, 2018

ROME, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) —

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today issued a brief message to the U.S. Bishops, urging them to confront sex abuse as “courageous shepherds” rather than “frightened sheep.”

The U.S. Bishops are currently in Baltimore at their much-anticipated fall annual meeting at which they were expected to vote on concrete proposals to hold bishops accountable for their failures after the revelations about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

044F4259-79C1-429A-A820-7CC10B83CAC2Today’s message from the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (2011-2016) comes one day after the Vatican insisted that U.S. Bishops not vote at their fall assembly on two action items to prevent sexual abuse coverup: standards of accountability for bishops and the special commission for receiving complaints against bishops.

Here below we publish the official English text of Archbishop Viganò’s message to U.S. Bishops, dated November 13.


Dear Brother Bishops in the US,

I am writing to remind you of the sacred mandate you were given on the day of your episcopal ordination: to lead the flock to Christ. Meditate on Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! Do not behave like frightened sheep, but as courageous shepherds. Do not be afraid of standing up and doing the right thing for the victims, for the faithful and for your own salvation. The Lord will render to every one of us according to our actions and omissions.

I am fasting and praying for you.

Arch. Carlo Maria Viganò
Your former Apostolic Nuncio

November 13, 2018
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

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Tom Govern November 13, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Wish I knew more about what is going on. The Popes plan is not clear. I understand his position as THE leader of the Church, but this issue has gone on too long. I hope that there is some planned outcome.

JoAnne McCormack November 14, 2018 at 5:57 AM

Hi, Steve,
I am totally disgusted with the blatant sinfulness and corruption in the Catholic Church. I am grateful for Archbishop Viganò and men like him who are willing to step up and tell the Truth. It seems that Satan has invaded our church and has found welcome by men who have long forgotten their vows.

To hold off this vote is absurd. This must be addressed and addressed now. I fear this goes to the very top of the Vatican, and I find that disgraceful. You would think that these “Shepard’s” would realize that they will be held accountable to God, more so because they are ordained. I fear the Vatican is so corrupt that a change is needed. I think all the faithful should pray they the Holy Spirit leads these men back to the Truth of Jesus Christ, because they certainly seem to have lost it. My only solace is that Jesus said “ the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” So I will pray for our church and the souls of the men who so defile her.
God Bless you,

fr jim November 14, 2018 at 10:05 AM

it is not so easy to just vote to change the universal law of the Church, as upsetting as this might seem, tgere is hope that the bishops council in rome in feb will help to address this problem with greater clarity for not just the church in the United States but around the world.

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