Cardinal McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, accused of sexual abuse and removed from ministry

By Julie Zauzmer, Michelle Boorstein, Dana Hedgpeth, June 20, 2018, Washington Post

The former archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has been removed from ministry due to allegations that he sexually abused a teenager almost 50 years ago while he was a priest in New York.

McCarrick, 87, was a well-known church leader in global affairs. He said in a statement on Wednesday that he learned months ago about the allegation of sexual abuse, and he has “absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse.” While he maintains his innocence, he wrote, “In obedience I accept the decision of The Holy See, that I no longer exercise any public ministry.”

The cardinal, who served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006, is the highest U.S. Catholic official accused of sexual abuse since Chicago’s Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was accused in 1993, according to several sources; Bernardin’s accuser withdrew his allegations the next year, saying the memories that occurred under hypnosis were “unreliable.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York investigated the allegation against McCarrick, engaging the review board of the Archdiocese of New York, according . . .

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