- Jan 20, 2021
A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun.
In light of the McCarrick case, Catholic institutions struggle with the appropriate response to past awards and honors given to prelates accused of sexual abuse.
A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man.
The Church’s battle against sexual misconduct – even if it doesn’t always fit a strict definition of “abuse” – is still in its early stages.
The archdiocese of New York’s scrutiny of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick shows that “no one is exempt from accountability,” participants at a conference for the protection of minors in Rome said.
Deacon Bernie Nojadera of the U.S. bishops’ conference says there is likely to be more calls reporting past abuses.