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Bishop Walkowiak's statement on the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick

July 30, 2018
The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications relays the following statement from
Bishop David J. Walkowiak in response to Pope Francis’ acceptance of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals:
“In recent days we have been made aware of allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., involving several young adults and minors. While the necessary civil and church investigations must be conducted to address such accusations, it is shocking to hear of such incidents involving a cardinal or any representative of the Church.
Beset by a tragic history of such cases, the Church must seek forgiveness and repentance and reach out in care to victims of such abuse. This history also demands of us the need to continually strengthen our resolve to take concrete measures in ensuring a safe environment for our children and youth in parishes, schools, and society.
Cardinals and bishops, like priests and deacons, must be held accountable for any actions that cause harm to the most vulnerable in our communities. I encourage all individuals to report such instances so that the Church may take the steps needed toward healing.
The Office of Child and Youth Protection in the Diocese of Grand Rapids takes all allegations of abuse seriously and can offer resources to help. More information on our safe environment programs can be found under Child and Youth Protection at
Please join me in praying for all those who have been victimized by abuse in the Catholic Church so that Christ the Divine Physician may grant healing and peace.”  


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Annalise Laumeyer, communications director