Report shows ‘tragic incompetence’ on McCarrick, Barron says

McCarrick Report Bishop Barron

Title: Report shows ‘tragic incompetence’ on McCarrick, Barron says
Author: John L. Allen Jr
Publisher: Crux
Date:  13NOV2020

ROME – At the heart of the Vatican’s recent report on the case of ex-cardinal and ex-priest Theodore McCarrick is a story of “tragic incompetence” fueled by a “self-referential and self-protective” clerical culture, according to Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles.

“It reveals how sclerotic and dysfunctional the system was,” Barron said. “Again and again, as I read the report, I was struck by the wickedness of McCarrick himself, but also by the tragic incompetence of so many who were charged with investigating, following up, asking serious questions, etc.”

Barron is chair of the US bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and a widely followed figure on social media. As of July 2020, Barron’s Youtube videos had been viewed more than 50 million times and he had more than three million followers on Facebook.

He said the 461-page McCarrick report is without precedent in Church history.

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