Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal McCarrick Amid Growing Sex Misconduct Charges

Crux reported today that at the Vatican, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals. The 88-year old cardinal's resignation comes amid growing numbers of complaints about past sexual abuse and misconduct by the now-retired Archbishop of Washington.  The Pope ordered McCarrick "to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."  In 2002, McCarrick was the leading drafter of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" which imposed new safeguards to protect minors from clergy abuse.