Statement Regarding Laicization of Theodore McCarrick

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

It is my hope that the decision to impose on Theodore McCarrick the penalty of dismissal from the priesthood brings a measure of peace and healing to those who were harmed by him. The courageous victims/survivors who stepped forward have blessed all of us with a reminder of the power of the truth. Today’s decision, made possible by their action, confirms that no one is above the law and that the abuse of position and power cannot be tolerated in the Church.

Please join me in offering continued prayers for victims/survivors, their families, and all of those who have been affected by abuse of power in the Church. Please pray as well for those of us who have been called to serve the Lord’s flock as clergy; may we be renewed each day in our pursuit of holiness so that our actions might more perfectly reflect the humble, loving and selfless example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.