Catholic Medical Association Announces Support for U.S. Bishops’ Call for Lay Commission to Investigate Alleged Clergy Abuses

PHILADELPHIA, PA- September 6, 2018—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) announced it is joining Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, (USCCB) in calling for a national lay commission with independent authority to investigate Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s assertions regarding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other abuses of the type recently described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Cardinal DiNardo’s August 18, 2018 press release can be found here: Press Release

The CMA also announced its offer to directly assist the future commission in carrying out its mission. “Cardinal DiNardo acknowledged that lay people can bring professional expertise to this necessary endeavor. As physicians and other healthcare providers who care for and serve the most vulnerable in our communities, including children, we understand all too well that the scars of sexual abuse, if left untreated, can lead to a lifetime of suffering,” said CMA President Peter Morrow, M.D. “We intend to bring healing to victims and to the Church in any way we can,” Dr. Morrow said.

The CMA joins fellow Catholics in praying for all victims of abuse and in expressing deep concern for the issues facing the Church.


The Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of over 2,200 healthcare professionals consisting of 104 local guilds. CMA’s mission is to inform, organize, and inspire its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.

Susanne LaFrankie, MA,
Director of Communications
Catholic Medical Association
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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