Catholic Cardinal Removed From Ministry For Sexually Abusing Children
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was accused three times of sexual misconduct with adults “decades ago”

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and political force in the nation’s capital, is alleged to have sexually abused a minor 47 years ago when he was a priest in the New York’s Archdiocese, and he had also faced three earlier allegations of sexual misconduct with adults.

According to a statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, McCarrick, one of the highest-ranking American leaders in the Catholic Church accepted the Vatican’s decision to be removed from ministry.

“a bishop in New Jersey and archbishop emeritus of Washington, is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry,” Dolan said, “The review board found the allegations credible and substantiated,”

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The current bishops of Metuchen and Newark, New Jersey said on Wednesday that the 87-year-old McCarrick was also accused three times of sexual misconduct with adults “decades ago” while he served as a bishop in those cities. Two of these allegations resulted in settlements, according to the Archdiocese of Newark.

“While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people,” McCarrick said in a statement.

“My sadness was deepened when I was informed that the allegations had been determined credible and substantiated,” McCarrick added, “In obedience, I accept the decision of The Holy See, that I no longer exercise any public ministry.”

McCarrick, who served as the president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico during the late 1960s, claimed that he had been warned several months ago by Dolan about the allegation of sexual abuse and he was shocked by the report, although he considered it “essential that the charges be reported to the police.”

“I realize this painful development will shock my many friends, family members, and people I have been honored to serve in my sixty-years as a priest,” McCarrick said.

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