to Pope Francis
[Note: This letter reflects the personal initiative
of the individual Catholic women signing this letter, and is not sponsored by any
group or organization —
Only deeply faithful daughters of Holy Mother Church.] See important
Letter to Pope Francis
from Catholic Women
August 30, 2018
His Holiness, Pope Francis Vatican City
You have said that you seek “a more incisive female presence in the Church,” and
that “women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from [men], with
a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand.”
We write to you, Holy Father, to pose questions that need answers
We are Catholic women deeply committed to our faith
and profoundly grateful for Church teachings, the Sacraments, and the many good
bishops and priests who have blessed our lives.
Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing
our beloved Church. We are angry, betrayed and disillusioned. The
pain and suffering of the victims never ends, as each news cycle brings more horrific
revelations of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, cover-ups, and deceit—even at
the Church’s highest levels.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s recent statement impels us to reach out to you
directly for answers. His testimony accuses you, Holy Father, and highly placed
cardinals of turning a blind eye to former Cardinal McCarrick’s egregious
behavior, and promoting this predator as a global spokesman and spiritual leader.
Is this true?
These are devastating allegations. As USCCB President Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo
recently stated, “The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based
on evidence.” We agree.
Several crucial questions raised by Archbishop Viganò’s statement, however, require
neither lengthy investigations nor physical evidence. They require only your
direct response, Holy Father. When reporters questioned you recently about Archbishop
Viganò’s charges, you replied, “I will not say a single word on this.”
You told reporters to “read the statement carefully and make your own judgment.”
To your hurting flock, Pope Francis, your words are inadequate. They sting,
reminiscent of the clericalism you so recently condemned. We need leadership,
truth, and transparency. We, your flock, deserve your answers now.
Specifically, we humbly implore you to answer the following questions, as the answers
are surely known to you. Archbishop Viganò says that in June 2013 he conveyed to
you this message (in essence) about then-Cardinal McCarrick:
“He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him
to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”
Is this true? What did Archbishop Viganò convey to you in June 2013 about
When did you learn of any allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct with
adults by then-Cardinal McCarrick? When did you learn of Pope Benedict’s restrictions
on then-Cardinal McCarrick? And did you release then-Cardinal McCarrick from any
of Pope Benedict’s restrictions?
Holy Father, in your letter to the People of God on the scandals, you wrote: “An
awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused
in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a
journey of renewed conversion.” That’s why we expect you, our Holy Father, to
be honest with us.
Please do not turn from us. You’ve committed yourself to changing
clerical ways in the Church. That a cardinal would prey on seminarians is abhorrent.
We need to know we can trust you to be honest with us about what happened. The
victims who have suffered so greatly need to know they can trust you. Families,
who will be the source of the Church’s renewal, need to know we can trust you, and
thus trust the Church.
Please do not keep us at arm’s length on these questions. We are faithful
daughters of the Church who need the truth so we can help rebuild. We
are not second-class Catholics to be brushed off while bishops and cardinals
handle matters privately. We have a right to know. We have a right to your answers.
We are wives, mothers, single women, consecrated women, and religious sisters.
We are the mothers and sisters of your priests, seminarians, future priests and
religious. We are the Church’s lay leaders, and the mothers of the next generation.
Professors in your
seminaries, and leaders in Catholic chanceries and institutions.
missionaries and founders of Catholic apostolates.
The people who sacrifice
to fund the Church’s good work.
The backbone of Catholic
parishes, schools, and dioceses.
The hands, the feet,
and the heart of the Church.
In short, we are
the Church, every bit as much as the cardinals and bishops around you.
Holy Father, we are the
“incisive presence” the Church needs, and we need your answers.
With love for Christ and the Church,
47,256 signatures as of May 14, 2019 accompanied this letter
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impassioned letter from devout Catholic women of all ages and in all professions
was summarily ignored by Francis, and never answered — despite 47,000 signatures.
This comes as no surprise to us. As you will find in the articles below, Francis
cares little or nothing about authentically Catholic women (and men) — that is to
say, women and men who take their Catholic religion seriously, and who show no aptitude
for following Francis into heresy, especially through an illogical and impossible
ecumenism-at-the-cost-of-Catholicism. We have come to learn that Francis does not
defend the Faith; he defiles it ... with false gods and alien religions
to which he sacrifices the blood of the Martyrs and the Faith of our Fathers.
Further Reading on the Papacy of
Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit
of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum,
nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and yet you have
kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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