Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1959. Prior to his elevation to Bishop of Metuchen, McCarrick worked in various parishes within the Archdiocese of New York and spent two years on “special assignment” at Catholic University in Puerto Rico.

In 1978, Cardinal McCarrick was elevated to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York where he worked until 1981 when he was appointed as the founding bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen. In 1986, McCarrick was appointed Archbishop of Newark. In late 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed McCarrick Archbishop of Washington and he was elevated to Cardinal in 2001.

Pope Francis removed Cardinal McCarrick from ministry in June 2018 after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against McCarrick. He was allowed to resign from his position in July 2018 and was suspended from public ministry. In February 2019, Cardinal McCarrick was removed from the clerical state at the conclusion of an internal Church adjudication process conducted by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal McCarrick is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be removed from the priesthood because of allegations of child sexual abuse. To date, at least three survivors of abuse have come forward alleging sexual abuse by McCarrick.

Vatican Report on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

On November 10, 2020 the Vatican released a 400+ page report following a two-year investigation into McCarrick and those complicit in his decades-spanning legacy of sexual misconduct and rise to power. The investigation, conducted by attorney Jeff Lena, was the first in which the Vatican employed a third-party, non-clergy professional to investigate sexual misconduct within the Catholic Church. In addition to a review of statements and other documents from survivors and witnesses regarding McCarrick’s sexual misconduct across his career, “the Report describes the Holy See’s institutional knowledge and decision-making related to McCarrick.” DOWNLOAD THE REPORT.


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