POPE Francis again vows to put an end to sexual abuse in the Church after the release of a damning report on the Vatican’s mishandling of the case of ex-U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Speaking at his weekly general audience, the pope said: “Yesterday, the report about the painful case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was published. I renew my closeness to the victims of every abuse and the commitment of the Church to uproot this evil.”
The report, released on Tuesday, November 10, into McCarrick’s sexual abuse of minors comes after two years of investigation, and years of scrutiny over how McCarrick was allowed to rise through the hierarchy.
According to the report, the late Pope John Paul II was warned about allegations of sexual impropriety by Theodore McCarrick, but chose to promote him to Archbishop of Washington anyway following McCarrick’s own denials and an investigation by American bishops that returned “inaccurate and incomplete information.”
However, he was forced to resign from the College of Cardinals in 2018 and was defrocked by the Vatican last year after a Church trial finally found him guilty of sexually abusing minors.
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