ROME — A Vatican research into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has discovered a collection of bishops, cardinals, and popes downplayed or ignored reports he slept with seminarians, also ascertained that Pope Francis simply continued his predecessors’ managing of their predator before a former altar boy alleged misuse.
The Vatican took the extraordinary measure Tuesday of releasing its own yearlong, 400-plus-page internal investigation to the American prelate’s rise and drop in an attempt to restore credibility to the U.S. and Vatican hierarchies, that was ravaged from the McCarrick scandal.
A review of the report by the Vatican set the lion’s share of blame onto a deceased saint: Pope John Paul II, who made McCarrick archbishop of Washington D.C., in 2000, even though having commissioned a question that supported that he slept, seminarians.
McCarrick, 90, was defrocked by Francis a year ago following a Vatican analysis confirmed years of allegations the globe-trotting envoy and productive church design had sexually transmitted adults in addition to kids. The Vatican had testimonials from authoritative statistics dating back to 1999 which McCarrick’s behavior was debatable, however, he continued to grow to become a powerful cardinal, kingmaker, and emissary of the Holy See’s”soft diplomacy.”
The findings accused bishops dead and living of supplying the Vatican with incomplete information regarding McCarrick’s behavior, as well as turning a blind eye on his repeated flouting of casual constraints organized upward in 2006 after Pope Benedict XVI chose to not research or sanction him severely.
Most importantly, the findings mostly gave Francis a pass, stating he never raised or altered these constraints, never called McCarrick that a”diplomatic agent” to the Holy See, and never got any documentation regarding McCarrick before 2017. It did not state if Francis had hunted such documentation following one of his ambassadors supposedly told him in 2013 that McCarrick had been a predator.
“Pope Francis had discovered just that there were allegations and rumors associated with immoral behavior with adults happening before McCarrick’s appointment to Washington,” the summary states. “Considering that the allegations had been examined and rejected by Pope John Paul II, also well aware that McCarrick was busy throughout the papacy of Benedict XVI, Pope Francis didn’t find the need to change the approach that was adopted.”
The allegation was that the very first good claim against McCarrick between a little and triggered the canonical trial which led to his defrocking.
The report comprises heartbreaking fresh testimony from folks who strove to raise the alert about McCarrick’s improper behavior, for example with kids, beginning in the mid-1980s. 1 woman identified only as”Mother 1″ advised the investigators that at a stage she mailed out a series of anonymous letters to U.S. Catholic leaders, warning them regarding McCarrick’s behavior. She explained how she discovered McCarrick, a family friend, along with his palms rubbing her two sons’ thighs in the living area. “It was strange. It had been abnormal. I nearly lost the casserole dish that I had been holding in my hands”
While the overview provided new information about exactly what the Vatican knew and after, it did not elaborate on the inner culture that enabled McCarrick’s behavior to continue untouched. There’s also been a widespread however unspoken endurance of sexually active men in what’s assumed to become a celibate priesthood.
The church has considered sex by priests along with other mature people as sinful but consensual, together with flags just increased lately when minors have been involved.
However, the McCarrick scandal, which erupted throughout the #MeToo age, has shown that mature seminarians and priests could be sexually victimized by their superiors due to the power imbalance within their relationships. And the church’s legal system has no actual means to address that sort of misuse of authority.
James Grein, whose testimony that McCarrick mistreated him for two years beginning when he was 11 was crucial to McCarrick’s downturn, stated he was happy the report was eventually being published. He said that he was optimistic it would bring some relief in addition to an opportunity to”clean” the church up.
“There are a lot of people suffering on the market due to one person,” Grein said. “And he believes he’s more significant than the rest of us. He has ruined me and he has ruined tens of thousands of different lives. … It is time the Catholic Church comes clean with all its devastation.”
“Reading the record will reveal that all processes, including the appointment of bishops, depend on the honesty and commitment of the people involved,” he explained.” (It’ll make) those involved in these decisions more attentive to the burden of the choices or omissions.”
Vigano mentioned former seminarians who had clarified the abuse and harassment they suffered while”Uncle Ted,” because McCarrick wanted to call himself was their bishop at New Jersey, compelled to sleep in his bed through weekend excursions into his beach home.
Vigano’s most volatile claim was that Francis himself raised”sanctions” imposed by Benedict and forced McCarrick a reliable adviser. Vigano required that Francis step, asserting he’d cautioned that the pope in June 2013 which McCarrick had”tainted generations of seminarians and priests.”
Several of Vigano’s fundamental assertions were verified, but not those between Francis. “No records encourage Vigano’s accounts and proof concerning what he stated is harshly contested,” it stated.
The overview also cites a previously unreported case where Vigano in 2012 supposedly failed to act on Vatican directions to research new claims against McCarrick with a Brazilian-born New Jersey priest.
“Vigano didn’t take these measures and never put himself in the place to determine the authenticity,” of the warrior’s claims, the record states.
It had been released a couple of days before U.S. bishops gather for their yearly fall meeting, that was overshadowed by the McCarrick scandal for a couple of decades.