- Feb 25, 2020
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.
Pope Francis attended the funeral Mass and presided over the final commendation of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the French cardinal who led the Vatican’s outreach to other religions and who had announced to the world his election as pope five years ago.
Pope Francis signed a rescript adding four more members to the group of cardinal bishops in the College of Cardinals.
Cardinal-designate Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka was more surprised than anyone at the news he is to become a cardinal.
Cardinal-designate Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar, is a quiet leader who is as comfortable talking to political leaders in plush offices as he is walking long distances to converse with people in remote villages, said a Catholic Relief Services official.