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Letter from Rome: Profiles in clericalism

The McCarrick Report has revealed very little that many people inside the Church did not already know or suspect

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Letter from Rome: Profiles in clericalism

Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick was expelled from the Catholic priesthood last year over sexual abuse. (Photo: AFP)

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In the end, it was just about what was to be expected. The exceedingly long and long-awaited report on the history of Theodore McCarrick's rise to the penultimate rung of the Catholic hierarchy is now out.

And it's being interpreted in almost as many ways as the number of men who are currently members of the College of Cardinals, that exclusive club from which McCarrick was eventually expelled for sexual abusing at least one underage boy.

But, in fact, the report has revealed very little that many people inside the Church did not already know or suspect.

But in the newly released report, the Vatican wrings its hands, regretting that for all these years it was simply the case that no one could actually verify that Uncle Ted was sharing his bed with these young candidates for the priesthood whom he called his "nephews".

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