US Cardinal [“Uncle Teddy” McCarrick] removed after ‘credible’ allegation he abused a minor

US Cardinal [“Uncle Teddy” McCarrick] removed after ‘credible’ allegation he abused a minor

[What about “Auntie Donna” Wuerl and “Tiny Tim” Dolan’s friend and former seminary rector “Auntie Edwina” O’Brien (as well as those such as Tiny Tim who covered up for them and others)? I guess that Their Eminences did not abuse minors as Uncle Teddy did, although he also had a number of priestly and seminarian “nephews”! – AQ Tom]

NEW YORK, June 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., “is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry,” NBC Washington reports, the news released via a statement from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

“The review board found the allegations credible and substantiated,” Dolan’s statement said.

“The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the direction of Pope Francis, has instructed Cardinal McCarrick that he is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry,” the cardinal said.

McCarrick is alleged to have sexually abused a minor five decades ago when he was a priest in the Archdiocese of New York, a statement from Metuchen, NJ, Bishop James Checchio said.

The Diocese of Metuchen, where McCarrick served as bishop from 1982 to 1986, said it had no record of McCarrick having abused minors, however, there had been multiple incidents with adults.

“In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with adults,” Checchio’s statement said. “This Diocese and the Archdiocese of Newark received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlements.”

Newark, NJ’s Cardinal Archbishop Joseph Tobin confirmed via a statement that the Archdiocese of Newark, where McCarrick had served for 15 years, had never received an accusation that Cardinal McCarrick abused a minor, acknowledging that there had been allegations of incidents with adults in the other dioceses.

McCarrick himself released a statement accepting the Vatican’s decision removing him from public ministry.

“While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people,” he said.

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2 comments on “US Cardinal [“Uncle Teddy” McCarrick] removed after ‘credible’ allegation he abused a minor

  1. [Is “Lapdog Bill” clueless and/or Polyannish? It should not be His Eminence’s “cross” but a “millstone” hanging about his neck as he is about to be thown into the sea rather than scandalizing one of the little ones (cf. Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and/or Luke 17:1)]

    CARDINAL MCCARRICK’S CROSS

    6/20/18

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the news that credible and substantiated accusations of sexual molestation have been made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, forcing him to resign from ministry:

    A little over a year after assuming the reins of the Catholic League, I started exchanging letters with Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. He was genuinely supportive of our efforts. On October 17, 1994, he wrote to me saying, “I have been speaking to the bishops of New Jersey at our Provincial meeting and encouraging them to support the work of the Catholic League in their own dioceses.”

    Now he is bearing a heavy cross. The takeaway for me is clear.

    On June 12, I wrote the following: “The problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church occurred mostly between 1965 and 1985. Now that it is harder for practicing homosexuals to enter the priesthood—they are responsible for 8 in 10 cases of the sexual abuse of minors (pedophiles are responsible for less than 5 percent)—there is no need for the annual study [of clergy sexual abuse].”

    I added that in the last two years, “an average of .005 percent of the clergy had a substantiated charge made against him.” I also credited the training programs and screening procedures instituted by the bishops, saying they should be continued. [If one believes Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s recent tweets in Why are there so few priests?, then “they” are still the seminary gatekeepers determining who gets in and who stays in! – AQ Tom]

    How is this relevant to the situation that Cardinal McCarrick is in?

    The three key points that I made are: the timeline (1965-1985); the sexual orientation of the molester (most were homosexuals); and the progress that has been made (practicing homosexuals have a harder time becoming priests and efforts to check this problem have worked).

    In the case of Cardinal McCarrick, the alleged abuse took place a half century ago (in the 1970s), and the alleged victim was a teenager, thus ruling out pedophilia.

    Pray for Cardinal McCarrick [to repent and do penance – AQ Tom] and anyone whom he may have hurt.

  2. A pervert pretending to be a Catholic priest has a serious mental disorder. Until the Church as a whole deals with this reality and confronts it head on, these horrible problems will continue. They have to do a much better job identifying homo perverts in seminaries and removing them before they reach ordination and begin tallying up legal and settlement costs, causing great damage and harm to the Church and their victims. “Who am I to judge?” cannot be the response of the hierarchy on this issue.

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