Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Theodore Carrick
“Credible” evidence Carrick assaulted teen as a priest in New York

Today Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. McCarrick led the College of Cardinals of the Archbishop emeritus of Washington, DC.

Simultaneously, the Holy Father barred him from the exercise of any public ministry, according the Holy See Press Office.

Pope Francis directed Cardinal McCarrick to observe “a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

The Pope also imposed on Cardinal McCarrick “the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him”.

The letter of resignation arrived to Pope Francis on Friday evening.

According to the Vatican statement. the US Cardinal was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago.

On June 20, the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had concluded an investigation into an allegation that McCarrick had sexually abused a teenager, finding the claim to be “credible and substantiated.”

Theodore McCarrick, the now former archbishop of Washington, was removed from the ministry as result of this announcement with allegations he assaulted a teen while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s.

Only a Pope can approve a Cardinal’s resignation from official position. Historically, the Church has not employed this corrective measure except in rare and infrequent intervals. This is the second time Pope Francis has employed the measure.

The Catholic News Agency: “Since the orignal announcement, media reports have detailed additional allegations, charging that McCarrick sexually abused, assaulted, or coerced seminarians and young priests during his time as a bishop. The Diocese of Metuchen and Archdiocese of Newark disclosed that they had received reports that McCarrick engaged in sexual misconduct with adults, and reached legal and financial settlements in two cases.

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Theodore Carrick

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