Cardinal McCarrick Removed From Ministry After “Credible” Allegations of Abuse
An allegation of sexual abuse half a century ago has led to the removal from public ministry of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC. The disciplinary action was taken against him by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, on behalf of Pope Francis.
McCarrick famously recounted, in a 2013 talk at Villanova University, how he was asked by “an influential man in Rome” to “talk up” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio going into the conclave that ultimately elected him. At the time, McCarrick was too old to vote for a new pontiff, but he had influence. McCarrick predicted that