Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and became the first American Cardinal to be defrocked. Now, area parishioners are reacting to the news of the one-time leader of the Archdiocese of Washington’s fall from grace.
The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
McCarrick, who recently became the highest-ranking cleric to be defrocked by the Vatican, worked his way up over several decades to the highest circles of church leadership, despite awareness among the hierarchy of his suspect behavior, including sleeping with adult seminarians.
The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said he had a “lapse of memory” when he denied that he knew of claims of sexual abuse made against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, amid scrutiny and criticism over Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse claims dating back decades, when he led Pittsburgh’s archdiocese.
Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw the papacy into turmoil over his claims about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the head of the Vatican’s bishops office said there was no evidence in his files backing Vigano’s claims that Francis annulled any canonical sanctions against McCarrick.
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.”
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., confirmed in a statement Friday that ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is living at St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, a rural town of about 1,200 that lies more than 250 miles west of Kansas City. The Friary is within a block of Victoria Elementary School.
In a release sent Friday morning, the Archdiocese of Washington announced Theodore McCarrick, who served as archbishop of Washington from 2000 to 2006, is residing at the St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kanasas.
A cardinal informed the Vatican in a November 2000 letter about then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s misconduct with seminarians from Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the retired Vatican ambassador to the U.S., also alleges that McCarrick had been sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI over sexual misconduct, that Pope Francis himself knew, and that those sanctions were later repealed by Pope Francis anyway.
The resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sex abuse makes him the highest ranking American in the Catholic Church to ever be removed from the ministry. Cardinal Wuerl comments on the resignation in an exclusive interview with WTOP.
A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Roman Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations.
The Archdiocese of Washington said a review of its records found no claims, credible or otherwise, were made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick during his tenure in D.C. from 2001 to 2006.
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