Vatican finances “Blessed Father, my transfer in this moment would provoke confusion and discouragement for those who thought it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of office.” – Letter to Benedict XVI asking not to be transferred from Rome, 2011

American Catholicism “I felt the strength of this Church since the first moment I arrived.” – Salt and Light television interview, 2013

The priesthood “We must choose for our seminaries the finest priests possible, not necessarily the most renowned, or most highly recognised, or even the most intelligent, as true teachers, models and examples for our seminarians. We need priests first and foremost who draw others to the message of Christ crucified through holiness of life, who have patterned their own lives on those saintly men and women who have gone before them. Hopefully our seminarians today will find their inspiration through us as well.” – Address to the US bishops, 2012

The resignation of Benedict XVI “It was an enormous shock for me because I’d been sent by him to the United States.” – Salt and Light television interview, 2013

Pro-life activism “One of the themes of the constitution is freedom of speech. Is it possible that the only one who does not have freedom of speech is the unborn? This is a great question that every free woman and man has to ask themselves: why is there no such right for the unborn? They have no right to see the light. They have no right to speak.” – Walk for Life, San Francisco, 2015

Why he spoke out “I had always believed and hoped that the hierarchy of the Church could find within itself the spiritual resources and strength to tell the whole truth, to amend and to renew itself. That is why, even though I had repeatedly been asked to do so, I always avoided making statements to the media, even when it would have been my right to do so, in order to defend myself against the calumnies published about me, even by high-ranking prelates of the Roman Curia. But now that the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy, my conscience dictates that I reveal those truths regarding the heartbreaking case of the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick.” – Testimony, 2018

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