- Mar 2, 2021
Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as the papal ambassador in the U.S. from 2011 to 2016, calls on Pope Francis to resign, saying he knew about abuse charges against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and failed to act.
Two seminarians who said they had been abused by former-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick reached settlements with three dioceses in the mid-2000s. What is less clear was the depth of involvement of each bishop, all of them from New Jersey, in the settlements, and what they did with that knowledge.
Seton Hall University has begun an investigation into potential sexual abuse at two seminaries it hosts following misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other priests.
Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden.
The leader of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal group is condemning clergy sex abuse and calling for reforms in the Church, including a renewed commitment to celibacy by priests.
Recent revelations of sexual misconduct and cover-up within the highest ranks of the U.S. Catholic Church have revived the sense of betrayal that devastated the American Church’s credibility after the first wave of scandal hit in 2002.