Bishop Scharfenberger was the second U.S. Bishop to publicly condemn the Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse scandal in July 2018. Scharfenburger called the scandal a crisis of faith and rooted in sin. His Excellency noted that the scandal cannot be overcome by words but only by actions. He said he was ‘ashamed’ by fellow bishops who have not lived up to the demands of celibacy and he promised to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.