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Bishop Michael F. Olson's Statement Regarding Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio Ordering Worldwide Response to the Evil of Sexual Abuse

Fort Worth Diocese

May 9, 2019

As Pope Francis exhorts each of us, there is an urgent need for a “continuous and profound conversion of hearts” to remove the scourge of sexual abuse from the Church, from our families, from our institutions of education and even from the halls of government. Prayer is essential for the conversion of hearts among all people to grow in respect for God’s gift of sexuality designed for the reciprocal love of a man and a woman appropriate to marriage.

Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio “Vos Estis Lux Mundi, promulgated today, clearly mandates a response to the worldwide evil of sexual abuse. The document is unmistakably intended to hold clerics and their superiors responsible for taking affirmative action to protect the youth and the vulnerable and to foster the healing of victims. ...

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Bishop Michael F. Olson Opposes Texas Legislation Destructive to the Least Among us: The Poor and the Working Poor

Fort Worth Diocese

May 1, 2019

State Representative Drew Springer, who is from Muenster which is a part of my diocese, the Diocese of Fort Worth, has introduced a destructive bill to the dignity and respect of the least among us, the poor and the working poor.

This bill violates the classic principle of subsidiarity, which holds that governmental decisions are best made by those closest to those impacted by the decisions. In political terms, this might be translated as legislation through consent of the governed. Instead, this bill uses legal double talk to allow predatory payday lenders to...

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TCCB Action Alert: Help stop predatory lending

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth and other Texas cities must keep power to rein in predatory payday lending

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Diocese of Fort Worth's continued effort to strengthen the safety posture at our parishes and schools
Complete statement | Declaración completa

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Olson regarding Conviction of a Volunteer for Sexual Abuse of a Minor
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Statement Regarding the Laicization of Theodore E. McCarrick
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Pastoral Letter Regarding the Release of Names by Other Texas Dioceses and Why the Diocese of Fort Worth Has Made Public the Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Since 2007
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Bishop Michael F. Olson, S.T.D., M.A. was ordained bishop and installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth on January 29, 2014.

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