venerdì 4 aprile 2014

Diocese St. Andrews & Edinburgh
Responding to a request to assist Bishop Charles Scicluna, who has been appointed by the Congregation for Bishops as its special envoy to listen and report on recent serious allegations of misconduct following a request from Pope Francis, Archbishop Leo Cushley said;
"I am grateful to the Holy Father and the Congregation for Bishops and see the latter's action as indicative of the seriousness with which this matter is being taken. I believe that this is a positive step towards truth and eventual reconciliation, this may not be an easy thing to do, but it is the right thing to do.  I am reassured by this and will be pleased to support Bishop Scicluna in any way I can. In this sense I also hope that all those who wish to approach him will feel free to do so. It is important that such work be conducted in a way that protects those who wish to contribute to it."
"It is also important that the Holy See take such steps as are necessary to establish and evaluate the serious allegations which have been made over the last 18 months or so.
In order to allow Bishop Scicluna to listen and report fully, I encourage all those concerned to cooperate serenely with him. I assure them of my prayerful solidarity and I ask the Catholics of St. Andrews and Edinburgh to support us at this time. I also renew my thanks to the very many people I have already met, from other churches and none, who have expressed their solidarity with us.
Bishop Charles Scicluna is Auxiliary Bishop of Malta and the former Promotor of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he is also a well know and authoritative canon lawyer with many years experience.