Bishop McKnight: Lay Involvement Needed ‘To Make Darn Sure That We Bishops Do Not Harm The Church’

Pointing to the anemic nature of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) measures to deal with episcopal accountability, a bishop pressed for mandatory lay involvement in investigating allegations against bishops concerning sexual abuse and cover-up.

During a discussion preceding the approval of Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City stood up and said, “We all feel the necessity, when we go home, of being able to tell our people – and especially our priests – that we have done everything we are able to do to respond to this crisis.”

“I believe it should be mandatory,” said McKinght, “that we involve laity in the investigation of any case of sexual abuse by a bishop or corruption, cover-up.”

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