The Most Rev. Walter Hurley, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw, released the following statement today regarding the recently announced removal of Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state. McCarrick is the former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington. The ruling marks the first time a U.S. cardinal or bishop has been removed from the priesthood because of sexual abuse.
"I join today with all who refuse to tolerate the sexual abuse of minors, or any individual, in support of the decision announced by Pope Francis to remove Theodore McCarrick from ministry, finding him guilty of sexually abusing minors and others.
This action is confirmation that the Church will not tolerate the abuse of minors nor will it cover for those who have credible accusations against them.
We are fully committed as a Diocese and Church to protect children and the vulnerable, and to unwaveringly ensure their safety. Our prayers continue for victims, their loved ones and families as they work to heal from these unconscionable acts.
We continue to urge any victim of abuse by the Catholic Church to step forward and make a report to law enforcement. Our greatest desire is for healing of these individuals, who deserve to be believed and heard."