The Vatican’s sexual abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly after a man testified that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, including during confession.
The International Union of Superiors General vowed to help nuns who have been abused to find the courage to report it, and pledged to help victims heal and seek justice.
In a news release, Archbishop William Lori of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says none of the individuals who will be listed are in active ministry.
Virginia has opened an investigation into whether leadership in Virginia’s Catholic dioceses covered up the sexual abuse of children. Maryland and the District both recently opened investigations into their respective dioceses.
The Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of more than two dozen former clergy members credibly accused of sexually abusing minors Thursday, going back as far as 70 years as part of an ordered review.
The Vatican said it was aware that such an investigation may produce evidence that mistakes were made, when evaluated with today’s standards. But it said Francis would “follow the path of truth, wherever it may lead.”
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