McCarrick, prime US cardinal, defrocked by Vatican over sexual abuse allegations

February 16, 2019 • By

McCarrick, who as soon as led the Archdiocese of Washington and was acknowledged as a robust advocate of the Catholic Church’s political priorities, was knowledgeable of the choice on Friday, a Vatican assertion stated.

The judgement was acknowledged by the Pope to be a “definitive nature,” and is “res iudicata” — that means it’s now not topic to attraction.

Allegations that McCarrick had sexually abused seminarians and an altar boy a long time in the past had left the Church reeling lately, prompting critical questions amongst Catholic leaders as to why he was allowed to rise by means of the Church ranks.

He subsequently led the Archdiocese of Washington till 2006, often assembly political leaders and changing into a power in American politics.

McCarrick is likely one of the most high-profile figures to be expelled from the Church through the intercourse abuse disaster that has roiled the establishment in current a long time.

He has beforehand denied the allegations, saying he has “absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse.”

However Pope Francis ordered a Vatican investigation into the accusations in 2017, and McCarrick resigned from the School of Cardinals final yr.

Patrick Noaker, the lawyer for the previous altar boy who made the accusation towards McCarrick, stated final June that his shopper was molested twice by McCarrick, as soon as in 1971 and as soon as the next yr.

Each alleged incidents, Noaker stated, occurred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as his shopper was being fitted for a cassock for Christmas Mass.

McCarrick started measuring him, then he unzipped his pants, stuck his hand in and grabbed his genitals,” Noaker stated. The lawyer stated his shopper, who was about 16 on the time and a pupil at a Catholic highschool in New York, pushed McCarrick away. “One thing he distinctly remembers is that McCarrick told him not to tell anyone about it,” Noaker stated.

Within the weeks after the allegations had been made public, others got here ahead to say McCarrick had sexually abused them, in response to printed studies.

An investigation by the Archdiocese of New York discovered the allegations towards McCarrick to be “credible and substantiated” and handed the matter over to legislation enforcement final yr.

CNN’s Valentina Di Donato, Daniel Burke and Angela Dewan contributed to this report.