Editorial: For the good of the Church, release the McCarrick report

OSV Release McCarrick Report

Title: Editorial: For the good of the Church, release the McCarrick report

Authors: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board: Gretchen R. Crowe, Scott P. Richert, Scott Warden, York Young

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

Date: 23JUN2020

That June 20 came and went quietly effectively communicates the current status of the Vatican’s long-anticipated report on the fall from grace of former American cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The date marked two years since McCarrick’s Vatican-ordered removal from active ministry, 16 months since his laicization and more than seven months since we heard that the coming of the document detailing the findings of the Vatican’s investigation was imminent. It has yet to see the light of day.

To refresh your memory: In the summer of 2018, the Archdiocese of New York made public a report that McCarrick was alleged to have sexually abused a 16-year-old boy in the 1970s. McCarrick denied the allegations, but a lay review board subsequently described them as “credible and substantiated.” McCarrick was removed from active ministry on June 20, 2018. More allegations that he had abused minors, as well as claims that he had sexually harassed and assaulted priests and seminarians, came forth in subsequent months. The Vatican’s decision to laicize McCarrick, which was made public in February 2019, completed the downfall of the former churchman who once led one of the most prominent American archdioceses and had a high profile in ecclesial circles at home and abroad. But questions lingered as to how his career had been able to advance amid such activity, and a report from the Vatican was promised with relevant details.

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