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Why are we praying for bishops (but not sexual abuse victims)?

Jesus says in the Gospel "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea." [Mark 9:42]

We should always pray for victim-survivors who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy. Period.

We are motivated to pray for bishops because many of the egregious sexual abuses could have been limited or prevented. It was a failure of the bishops when they:

  • failed to report sexual abuse to authorities (Article)
  • covered-up abuse and moved perpetrating clergy (Website)
  • used their diocese to file counter suits against victims (Website)
  • minimized or punished whistleblowers, particularly religious/clergy whistleblowers (Website)
  • removed wording from the Dallas Charter that would hold themselves (as bishops) accountable (Article)
  • themselves committed abuse towards children, other subordinates (such as seminarians and priests) (Website)
  • did not take clergy/faculty abuse of seminarians seriously (Article)
  • were complicit in their brother bishops' sins (Document)
  • failed to teach and uphold the Church's authentic teachings on sexuality and chastity (Article)

Who is organizing this effort?

This effort is organized by concerned lay Catholics in the U.S.

Why are we focused on the Divine Mercy devotion?

There are many ways to pray for bishops. We encourage Divine Mercy and Rosary devotions as time-tested ways to storm Heaven.

"My daughter, look at My merciful Heart. As I fixed my gaze on the Most Sacred Heart, the same rays of light, as are represented in the image as blood and water, came forth from it, and I understood how great is the Lord's mercy. And again Jesus said to me with kindness, My daughter, speak to priests about this inconceivable mercy of Mine. The flames of mercy are burning Me — clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don't want to believe in My goodness." - Diary of St. Faustina

What if I'd rather pray a different kind of prayer than the Divine Mercy or Rosary?

We encourage you to give the Divine Mercy chaplet and Rosary a try. However if you have other devotions you prefer or would like to add additional prayers, go for it! What matters the most is that you are selecting a specific bishop and pledging to pray for him (STEP 1), that you will pray for him (STEP 2), and that you will contact him to let him know (STEP 3).

Can I choose any bishop or must I only choose my local bishop?

You can choose any bishop. On this website, you can pledge to pray for Pope Francis or any U.S. bishop, even if he is not your local bishop.

Do I need to be Catholic to pledge to pray?

Anyone can pledge to pray for a bishop, no matter what faith. The more prayers the better! Thank you!

How else can I get involved?

Some options for similar prayer/action efforts you can consider:

Join Salva Fidem (on Twitter) organizing a prayer gathering in Vatican Square, February 21 - 28, 2019.

Watch video coverage of the Silence Stops Now Rally held near the USCCB National Conference, Baltimore MD, November 12 - 15, 2018

Are you or someone you know been a victim of clergy abuse? Find resources here to get help: