- Nov 30, 2020
The Catholic University of America announced on Monday that it had rescinded its honorary degree awarded to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2006.
American bishops and survivors of sex abuse react to the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals.
Though the full meaning of Pope Francis’s actions Saturday against retired Cardinal Theodor McCarrick will take time to unpack, here are three quick take-aways.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of American Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals. The decision comes a little over a month after the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, D.C announced that allegations of sexual abuse against the prelate were “deemed credible.” He’s been suspended from ministry pending canonical trial.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is reported to have lived alongside a Maryland house of formation for members of a religious order whose founder has faced Vatican charges of sexual misconduct.
It is hard for the pope to distance himself from the string of sexual abuse scandals affecting high-ranking clerics. He needs to take drastic action if he is to salvage the Church’s reputation on sex abuse.