Letter from Bishop Wilton D. Gregory to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re regarding the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Other Church Personnel
Thank you very much for your letter of October 14, 2002, in which you communicate to me the response of the Apostolic See the request for recognitio by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Norms approved at our Plenary Assembly in Dallas, Texas, on June 14, 2002. The Bishops of the United States are profoundly grateful to the Holy See, both for the fraternal solicitude that has been shown to the Church in the United States at this difficult time and for the gracious consideration that has been given to our request.
In view of the issues that Your Eminence raises in your letter to me regarding the best way for us to pursue effectively the recognitio of our proposed Norms, I am happy to accept, on behalf of our Episcopal Conference, the suggestion of the Apostolic See that a Mixed Commission be established in order to reflect further on and consider revision of certain aspects of the Charter accepted by the Bishops in Dallas and the Norms proposed to the Holy See for the recognitio. I look forward to communicating to you in the very near future the names of the four Members of our Conference who will join the four representatives from the Dicasteries of the Holy See that have direct competence in the matter before us.
Grateful to you, personally, Your Eminence, for your many kindnesses to our Conference, and with renewed sentiments of esteem and prayerful best wishes, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
October 15, 2002
National Catholic Reporter, Posted October 18, 2002