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New Bishop Blasts ‘Silence of so Many Bishops’ on McCarrick

A newly-minted U.S. bishop has pledged to “change the culture among clergy” and “rebuild trust” with the laity in reaction to the ex-Cardinal McCarrick sexual abuse scandal. 

Bishop of Jefferson City, Missouri, the Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D., issued a statement to his diocese which in a few words expresses the strong, if not visceral, reaction experienced by many lay people, but which has been mostly absent in the trickle of statements by other more seasoned U.S. cardinals and bishops.

“Your warm welcome of me contrasts sharply with the sting of the recent reports of scandal regarding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the silence of so many bishops who knew about him,” began Bishop McKnight.  

“It is almost unbearable,’ he said. “How could a brother bishop disrespect with such callousness the dignity of young boys, seminarians and priests over decades and no one called him on the carpet?” 

“It is inexplicable to me,” he continued.  “This cannot continue, and I hope with God’s grace there will be a change of culture among the clergy.” 

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