Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was dismissed from the priesthood for sexual abuse, is again in the headlines. He allegedly transferred about a million dollars to a controversial organization when he was Archbishop of Washington.
As reported by the Washington Post (Monday local time), McCarrick allegedly secretly transferred about $1 million to a controversial organization of Catholic missionaries during his tenure as archbishop of Washington.
Institute founder himself convicted of abuse
According to the report, the money flowed to the "Institute of the Incarnate Word" founded by Carlos Miguel Buela in Argentina in 1984. Its founder was convicted in 2016 of sexual "misconduct" with seminarians.
The priest allegedly coerced young men under his care into sexual acts – as McCarrick himself did, according to a ruling by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Vatican put the organization in connection with appropriate investigations temporarily under supervision.
Money from fund may have been spent without consultation
According to the newspaper, it remained unclear why former Cardinal McCarrick had transferred money to the organization between 2004 and 2017. The money, according to the report, came from the "Archbishop's Special Fund," a kind of special fund from which McCarrick gave money to senior Vatican staffers, among others.
A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said McCarrick raised about six million dollars for the fund himself and spent it without consultation. "Therefore, all questions would have to be addressed to him," the spokeswoman said.
Ultraconservative institute now under investigation
The Vatican confirmed that it had taken action against Buela several times for sexual misconduct with seminarians. As a result, the founder of the institute had to move to a monastery in Spain, which he is not allowed to leave due to a ban confirmed by Pope Francis.
Now the organization itself is being investigated, which is considered to be part of the ultra-conservative circle with sympathies for the former military junta. McCarrick is said to have helped the institute expand its activities in the U.S. By its own account, the organization includes priests, religious and seminarians in 38 countries.