- Jan 20, 2021
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.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for swift and decisive action in response to McCarrick abuse allegations.
The leader of Rhode Island’s Catholics has deleted his Twitter account, calling it a major distraction, an obstacle to his spiritual life and an “occasion of sin” for himself and others.
Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, head of the Vatican office for laity and family, said he was “shocked” when he heard allegations of years of sexual abuse and harassment by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the man who ordained him a bishop and whom he served as an auxiliary bishop for six years.
A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations.
Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals repeatedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.