The Pope has ordered him to maintain a life of 'prayer and penance'
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.
The Vatican press office said that the previous evening Pope Francis had received Cardinal McCarrick’s letter of “resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.”
“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the Vatican statement said.
In late June, Cardinal McCarrick, the 88-year-old retired Archbishop of Washington, said he would no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago in the Archdiocese of New York was found credible. The cardinal has said he is innocent.
In the weeks that followed the announcement, another man came forward claiming he was abused as a child by Cardinal McCarrick and several former seminarians have spoken out about being sexually harassed by the cardinal at a beach house he had.
Although unusual, withdrawal from the College of Cardinals in such circumstances is not unheard of. Just 10 days before then-Pope Benedict XVI retired in 2013, Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien announced he would not participate in the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor because he did not want media attention focused on him instead of the election of a new pope.
Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the cardinal’s resignation as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh after reports that three priests and a former priest had accused the cardinal of “inappropriate conduct” with them going back to the 1980s.
One week after the conclave that elected Pope Francis, the Vatican announced the new Pope accepted Cardinal O’Brien’s decision to renounce all “duties and privileges” associated with being a cardinal. He died March 19 this year.
Mc Carrick is gone!
More than 60 years too late!
We know that he sexually abused boys, young men, seminarians, and priests.
His abuse of these poor people was known about in higher church circles for many decades - and yet - the promoted and promoted and promoted him,
They also covered up for him - depriving his victims of justice and closure.
Who did he have the dirt on?
You can be quite sure that McCarrick knows things that might bring down cardinals and archbishops, and bishops - and maybe even a pope or two!
You see the institution is rotten to the core and right to the top.
It's all about ambition, power, money, and sex.
A regular comment maker calls this institution a whore. I don't particularly like that expression - but it is true!
I think in fact to call it a whore is an insult to sex workers.
Many sex workers have more love and integrity in them than these guys we are talking about.
Mothers, look out for your son's!
Wives look out for your husbands!
Aunts look out for your nephews -
-because UNCLE TED'S partners in crime are everywhere - while not a majority - are everywhere
In the Vatican - In episcopal palaces - In monasteries - In dioceses - in parishes.