Archbishop Vigneron has closely followed recent news coverage, both about the Pennsylvania grand jury report as well as developments concerning former Cardinal McCarrick. On August 13, in anticipation of the report’s release, he shared the following letters with the archdiocese’s faith community and clergy:
- To the archdiocese’s priests, he offers words of encouragement and support to pastors who are leading their parishes through these crises.
- To the archdiocese’s faithful, he offers spiritual guidance, comfort and hope to people who are hurting – and perhaps disillusioned – because of these developments.
Archbishop Vigneron had a couple of goals with these letters. First and foremost, he wanted to make clear his prayers for all victims of clergy abuse, especially those represented in the Pennsylvania report. He also wanted to join his voice with others calling for all clergy – including bishops like himself – to be held accountable for their moral behavior. In addition, he wanted to assure the faithful – clergy and laity alike – that he shares their pain in facing this news and remains absolutely committed to eradicating the sin of abuse from our Church.