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Vatican deprives former US Cardinal McCarrick, accused of sexual abuse

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Pope Francis returned former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the secular state, a Vatican assertion stated on Saturday. He’s accused of sexual abuse in at the very least one teenager greater than half a century in the past.

It is a historic first. Pope Francis returned to the secular state the previous US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 88, introduced the Vatican on Saturday (February 16). Accused of sexual abuse of at the very least one teenager greater than half a century in the past, the previous archbishop emeritus of Washington had already been banned final July to train his ministry after which resigned his honorary title of cardinal.

Together with his official exclusion from the Church, the person at the moment held in Kansas is solely Mr. Theodore McCarrick.

Assembly on accountability of the prelate.

The Pope helps the choice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Religion, a Vatican establishment that ensures respect for Catholic dogma. This irrevocable punishment is well timed earlier than an important assembly, which gathers from 21 to 24 February presidents of episcopal conferences around the globe within the Vatican, the place they’ll embrace the accountability of prelates who’ve saved silent the sexual aggressions of minors by a part of the clergy. .

The revelation in 2018 of main scandals in the USA, Chile or Germany has critically tarnished the credibility of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis, who intends to satisfy his promise of "zero tolerance", promised in current months that he could be intransigent with the excessive ecclesiastical hierarchy.

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The Holy See had requested an investigation in September 2017 within the archdiocese of New York, after the testimony of a person accusing the prelate of sexually abusing him within the seventies.

Confronted with the "severe clues" that emerged from the investigation, the Pope had dismissed Bishop McCarrick on the finish of July from his cardinal's title. The difficulty shook the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church simply earlier than the publication of a devastating report on mass abuses in Pennsylvania.

The one case of abandonment of the Cardinal's supreme title dates again to 1927, when Pope Pius XI accepted the resignation of French Cardinal Lois Billot, who had renounced his purple contact for political causes.

With AFP

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