- Sep 20, 2020
Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced a new policy, effective June 27, directing that all diocesan institutions, schools and parish buildings will no longer be named after a bishop, pastor, founder or another individual.
The bishops who lead Virginia’s two dioceses blasted a federal judge’s decision allowing non-doctors to perform first-trimester abortions in the state, saying the ruling “goes beyond Roe v. Wade,” the 1972 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion virtually on demand.
Virginia’s two Catholic bishops, Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knestout, released lists Feb. 13 of the clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse in their respective dioceses.
In his pastoral letter, “From Tragedy to Hope,” Bishop Barry C. Knestout said he would make public the names of clergy “credibly accused” of abuse because victims “need to see that someone is being held to account for the damage they have done in order for the victims to move forward.”
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Barry Knestout to lead the diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Knestout is currently an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Washington.