Donations to ward off abuse claims?

Donations to ward off abuse claims?

Collection baskets © Harald Oppitz (KNA) Not all the answers have been found yet: The Vatican's investigative report into the misconduct of former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick raises new questions about his use of donated funds.

In 2005, McCarrick is expected to serve as Archbishop of Washington 10.000 dollars to the Diocese of Metuchen, as reported by the portal CNA (Wednesday local time). The money was "intended to be used to compare the diocese with Priest 2," it said.

The priest, who has not been named, is believed to have been one of the guests at McCarrick's New Jersey beach house where sexual assaults took place, according to the Vatican report. McCarrick had established an archdiocesan fund under his sole control during his time as archbishop of Newark.

Control of fund not relinquished until 2008

The donation fund he led in Washington D.C. further, after Pope John Paul II. appointed archbishop there in 2001. It was only in 2018 that McCarrick handed over control of the fund to his successor in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. At that time, account assets reportedly totaled about 500.000 dollars.

On Tuesday, the Vatican had presented a report of some 450 pages on the rise of McCarrick. Now 90, he was among the most influential clergy in the Catholic Church in the U.S. Following allegations of sexual abuse of minors, McCarrick was removed from the cardinalate in 2018 and from the clergy in 2019

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