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Bishop Burbidge reacts to Archbishop Viganò’s letter

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was eating dinner with fellow priests when the news broke that former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, had released his unprecedented letter detailing alleged misconduct in the Vatican. “I got in my car and I saw all these text messages. I said, ‘What is happening?’ ” said Bishop Burbidge, relaying the incident on his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast.” 

After reading the letter, Bishop Burbidge echoes the call of Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We need to review (this) letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given,” said Bishop Burbidge. “But the bottom line is, we need to know the truth. All the faithful need to hear the answers to the questions. Cardinal DiNardo is asking the Holy Father to assist in putting into place the support we need to get those answers.” 

Bishop Burbidge encouraged the faithful to not draw premature conclusions and to avoid infighting. “What I'm seeing happening within the church, within the diocese and even among bishops is (division) — people taking sides,” he said. “I think that’s the last thing we need in the church right now.

 “These are dark times — we don’t need to compound it by being split. Let’s have due process. We need clarity but allow that to take place. There’s no need to discredit or make judgments at this point.  Let’s follow that process,” he said.

Preserving the body of Christ is critical during this church crisis, said Bishop Burbidge. “People ask me, ‘What can we do?’ We do the works of God, we grow closer to him, (and) we try to make the body of Christ stronger,” he said. “If anyone leaves the body, the community is weaker. If we’re alienating ourselves from certain people within the body, then we’re hurting it. So pray for that grace to remain united as God’s family, as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Bishop Burbidge reiterated the words of Joshua, which he quoted during his homily at a recent Mass for victims of sexual abuse: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

“The evil one would want nothing more than for us to be paralyzed,” said Bishop Burbidge. “We’re all feeling anger and sadness, we’re disillusioned and confused. Imagine if we all could say, ‘I'm going through a lot of emotions here, these are very difficult times, (but) as for me and my household, we are going to serve the Lord.’ That's how good triumphs over evil."


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018