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Letter from Rome: The McCarrick Report

The Vatican and the Catholic hierarchy have a dismal record on being transparent

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Letter from Rome: The McCarrick Report

Call me skeptical. But I do not expect the forthcoming report on Theodore McCarrick to sufficiently explain why no one at the Vatican or in the US hierarchy ever believed or fully investigated the longstanding rumors and accusations of sexual misconduct by the former cardinal-archbishop of Washington.

Eventually, it came out that "Uncle Ted" — as he urged his young acquaintances to call him — was not only sharing his bed with adult seminarians in the 1980s after he'd become a bishop in New Jersey but had sexually molested adolescents in the early 1970s when he was a priest in New York.

Pope Francis ordered an investigation in June 2018 and a month later removed McCarrick from the College of Cardinals. The pope then kicked him out of the priesthood in February 2019. But the investigation dragged on. And many people wondered when the Vatican would actually conclude it and issue its findings.

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