While some Catholic leaders welcome Wilton Gregory and celebrate an African American taking the reins of the Archdiocese, a network of abuse survivors is concerned about his past.
Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican’s sex abuse prevention summit say the downfall of their onetime colleague Theodore McCarrick is sad but they hope a new spirit of accountability in the Catholic hierarchy will prevent future cover-ups of bishop misconduct.
Theodore McCarrick will now be required to live the remainder of his life in “prayer and penance,” which assumes that he will – at some point – develop and show genuine remorse for his crimes. He also faces potential prosecution and civil lawsuits.
Georgetown University has rescinded an honorary degree it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last week after being convicted by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians.
Georgetown University has revoked the honorary degree conferred on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick following his defrocking by the Vatican.
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.
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