Statements and Documents

Bishop Paul Swain’s Statements and Documents


Comments on Bishop’s Retreat – January 2019

Last week nearly 300 bishops of the United States completed a week at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago on a spiritual retreat suggested by Pope Francis. The purpose was to pray for victims of clergy child abuse, to seek forgiveness for those times we have not properly dealt with allegations or treated victims with respect, and […]

Comments Following the Fall Plenary Meeting of Bishops of the United States Held in Baltimore, MD on November 12-15, 2018

I was among those who were shocked, baffled, dismayed and frustrated by the intervention of the Holy See to prevent voting by the bishops on known proposals for addressing the issues Cardinal DiNardo noted in his statement. Any actions approved would have been subject to Vatican review. Despite this surprise directive which changed the tenor […]

Prayer & Fasting in Preparation for USCCB Meeting

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked that we bishops join in seven days of intensified prayer beginning Monday, November 5 and continuing through Sunday, November 11. The prayer is to be accompanied by some form of fasting or personal sacrifice. This call to prayer is made in […]

Response to Revelations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy

The current tragedy in the Church resulting from renewed allegations of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and around the world over many decades coupled with the allegations of the former papal representative to the Church in America and ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, suggesting a cover-up at the highest levels of the […]

Response to Revelations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy

Recent revelations released by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania concerning child sexual abuse by clergy in many of the dioceses in that state and the lack of appropriate response by some bishops over seven decades have shocked, sickened and saddened us all. The graphic details reveal that the innocence and dignity of […]