Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Former Archbishop McCarrick
in Response to Decree by the Holy See


The dismissal of former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state represents a most appropriate response to the serious accusations against him that were investigated and found to be credible. Fully recognizing that for victims and survivors of sexual abuse nothing can change the past, this action by the Holy See is nevertheless a necessary step toward remedying the wrongs that were perpetrated.

I invite the faithful of the Diocese of Arlington to join me in prayer for all who have experienced the tragedy of sexual abuse. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, may we work tirelessly to assist those who are suffering due to this evil, to defend the innocence of our young people, and to grow in the holiness to which God calls His Church.

The Diocese of Arlington encourages anyone who has information related to sexual abuse of a minor, or of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the diocese, to notify civil authorities, as well as to reach out to the diocesan Victim Assistance coordinator, Dr. Frank Moncher, at (703) 841-2530.  The diocesan child protection policy is online at