Vatican Defrocks Former US Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

Feb. 16, 2019

Theodore Edgar McCarrick headshot, retired Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC, graphic element on gray
Theodore Edgar McCarrick

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.

McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title.

The scandal swirling around him was particularly damning to the church’s reputation in the eyes of the faithful because it apparently was an open secret that he slept with adult seminarians. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation he fondled a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
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3 Responses to “Vatican Defrocks Former US Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse”

  1. Phil says:

    Our 2 tier justice system needs to be changed.

    When a priest, cop, or politician gets caught doing something wrong they get the first tier treatment. The second tier treatment, our normal court & incarceration system, is for the rest of us cattle.

    First tier treatment means you get the “in house” special and avoid the common punishment reserved for the second tier:
    – Priests get relocated and probably rehabilitation but they don’t get arrested.
    – Cops famously say “We take care of our problems in house” and Internal Investigations takes over. The management of the Police/Local Government go through the motions of admonishment, leave without pay, etc. but cops don’t get arrested.
    – Politicians, after offering all the false rage, get discussed in closed session and maybe censured or even step down from office but they never get arrested.
    And right up there with the best is our white collar criminals. Has any Banker or Financial manager ever gone to jail?

    But, the worst result of first tier treatment is always overlooked: who pays?

    All the contributions/collections of the faithful church patronage go to court costs and settlements. That’s money which should be spent on heating bills and church upkeep.

    When Police get sued for reckless driving, using excessive force, and wrongful death it is the taxes of us cattle who pay for law suits. That’s taxes which should go for other municipal projects, snow plowing, garbage collection.

    Politicians are also covered by our taxes. And we all know who not only paid for the 2008 Banking Crisis but also for the resulting Management bonuses.

    We need two changes:

    Our Courts and Justice System are well funded and transparent for all to see. They should be used for all, not just the commoner, and that specifically includes Priests, Cops, Politicians, and Bankers.

    It’s also time for our Press to start revealing how much the court settlements of First Tier Justice is costing the second tier tax payer.

  2. John Snyder says:

    Phil: You got that one right – right on the button. So few, but many are so entitled. Congress even sticks it in our faces big time when they exempt themselves from the laws and restrictions they create. Deep state elitists? Oh, yes..

  3. Phil says:

    On today’s (2/19/19) Buffalo News front page are 2 prime examples of what First Tier Justice looks like:

    1) Bishop Richard J. Malone won’t publicly identify as abusers 48 deceased priests who each had a single allegation against them. Malone decided that if a deceased priest had at least two credible allegations against him, his name would go on the list.

    2) District Attorney John J. Flynn will look into whether Officer Howard M. Scholl III should face criminal charges for his role in a Jan. 19 accident. Scholl, 36, was leaving an awards party for members of the SWAT team at Sinatra’s Restaurant in the Town of Tonawanda that night when his Chevrolet Suburban SUV went through a stop sign and hit a sedan at Englewood and St. Johns avenues, town officials said. Scholl initially said his wife, Aimee, was driving the SUV before changing his story a week later and admitting he was behind the wheel. Scholl is on unpaid suspension, and the town has moved to fire him.
    It also comes six weeks after Lt. Corey J. Flatau was charged with DWI following a late December crash in Niagara County.. Flatau, 37, was arrested at shortly after the car he was driving veered across the highway on Nash Road at Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield and struck a mailbox, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Flatau was charged with DWI after he fell onto the hood of his car during a sobriety test. The criminal charges are pending, and he is on a 30-day, unpaid suspension from the department. Haynes said he could not discuss pending discipline against any members of the department.


    Now, ask yourself what would happen to to you if you molested a child?
    You would be immediately prosecuted to the max and the next day your local school district would be mailing your picture with a warning to everyone in the school district. And from then on you’d have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

    Then, ask yourself what would happen to you if you were driving drunk, hit another car with 2 people in it, and lied to the police as to who was driving your car?
    Without describing the shitstorm which would ruin your life let’s just say it you would be arrested and it would involve significant money and court time – it would ruin your life. But one thing for sure, you certainly wouldn’t be comfortably sitting in your home on leave without pay while your superiors consider a motion to fire you.

    The big question: who is going to pay the occupants of the car this drunk “Policeman” hit. I’ll give you a big hint, look in your mirror.