Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop of San José, reacted to the news of Theodore McCarrick’s laicization: “I’m relieved that the Church has arrived at a swift and just conclusion to the canonical investigation into the very troubling complaints against Theodore McCarrick. I echo the sentiments of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (President of the USCCB) in hopes that this ruling and action by the Church brings victims and survivors one step further in the long process of healing.”

The dismissal of the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, signals the Church’s resolve to hold bishops accountable for abuse or mismanagement. Involuntary dismissal, one of the most severe actions under canon law, is most appropriate, given the deep wounds that McCarrick inflicted on the innocent.

Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantu also weighed in: “The Church’s determination in holding bishops accountable for abuse or mismanagement just took an important step forward. We further anticipate clear resolve and directions from the meeting of the heads of national bishops conferences in Rome later this week. The good and healing of victims/survivors must be at the center of our decision-making.”

Cardinal DiNardo’s Full Statement Follows:

“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church”