Washington hopes for healing process

Washington hopes for healing process

After Pope Francis removed former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clergy, his former archdiocese is speaking out. In this it looks above all forward.

Just days before the Vatican summit on abuse, Pope Francis dismissed former Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the clergy. For clergy, this is the maximum penalty provided for in church law. The decision was announced by the Vatican on Saturday. McCarrick was found guilty of sexual misconduct with minors and adults in connection with abuse of power, in addition to abuse of the sacrament of confession.

The 88-year-old is the highest Catholic dignitary in modern times to be released from the priesthood. By July 2018, McCarrick had already lost his cardinalate.

Abuse is perceived

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, spoke in an initial reaction of a "strong signal that abuse will not be tolerated". DiNardo continues: "No bishop, no matter how influential, is above canon law."The Archdiocese of Washington said it hoped the decision from the Vatican would contribute to a "healing process" for all those affected by abuse.

The head of the Child Protection Center at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Hans Zollner, told the Catholic weekly The Tablet that the Vatican had made a "very strong decision". "It shows that the procedures are set in motion, even if it's a cardinal," Jesuit says. James Grein, one of McCarrick's victims, expressed relief. At the same time, he stressed: "Nothing can bring back to me my childhood."

Pope wants to draw a line

The former archbishop of Washington (2001-2006) had seduced candidates for the priesthood into sex and abused at least two minors between 1970 and 1990. He now lives in a Capuchin monastery in the U.S. state of Kansas and was not allowed to exercise his priesthood until the allegations were clarified in a canonical trial. This process is now complete.

As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith further announced, the authority had already ied its ruling on 11. January felled. An appeal by McCarrick was considered two days later but rejected. According to the report, this decision was communicated to McCarrick on Friday, after the Pope was the final authority to confirm the sentence. A new contradiction is not allowed.

Vatican sources say Francis wanted the sensational case resolved before the anti-abuse summit starting Thursday. Ordered thorough investigation of all files on McCarrick case last summer.

The McCarrick case

Born on 7. July 1930 in New York, Theodore McCarrick was ordained priest in 1958. He first made a career in education and became an auxiliary bishop in New York in 1977. In 1981, he moved to the newly formed Diocese of Metuchen as diocesan bishop and in 1986 to Newark as archbishop. From 2001 to 2006 he was archbishop in the capital diocese of Washington. In February 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed. McCarrick to the cardinal.

McCarrick was known for his social commitment, diplomatic skills and excellent connections to the political and social establishment. During his time in Washington, he was considered a dedicated campaigner against abuse and had a hand in the "zero tolerance" policy against abusive priests.

Statement of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the verdict against McCarrick

"On 11. January 2019, the Congress of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ied a decree at the conclusion of a criminal trial that Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington D.C., found guilty of the following offenses as a cleric: Seduction to violations of the sixth commandment on the occasion of confession, violations of the sixth commandment with regard to minors and adults in connection with the penalty aggravator of abuse of power. The assembly imposed on him the penalty of deletion from the clergy.

On 13. February 2019, the Ordinary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith deliberated on the appeal that he (McCarrick; note. d. Editorial Board) had appealed against the decision. After deliberating on the arguments presented in the objection, the Ordinary Assembly confirmed the (original; note. d. Editorial) Congressional decree. This decision was handed down to Theodore McCarrick on 15. February communicated. The Holy Father confirmed the finality of this lawful decision, which thus becomes a 'res iudicata,' d.h. did not allow any further appeal."

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