Bishops & USCCB

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Vol. IV, No. 7
Dear sisters and brothers,

May the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you!

Many of you serve Christ and work hard to promote religious freedom in an increasingly secularized world. Bearing witness to the gospel is a challenge now, and I recognize that we bishops have made it a bigger challenge. I feel embarrassed and angry about the news of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and I am deeply grieved by the grand jury report out of Pennsylvania, which paints a disturbing picture of bishops who failed to act. Please know that I, like you, am devastated by these revelations, and I am committed to working with you and my brother bishops to bring needed reform to our Church.

Let us be resolved to work together for renewal in our Church, so that we might give glory to our Almighty God.

Thank you for your service to the Church!
With prayerful best wishes, I am
                                                              Sincerely yours in the Lord,
                                                              Most Reverend Joseph Kurtz
                                                              Archbishop of Louisville
                                                              Chair, Committee for Religious Liberty
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