Former Cardinal Laicized for Abuse Now Living Near School & Camp

A disgraced former Cardinal has left Kansas and moved to a new facility in Florida that is near a school and on a property that doubles as a summer camp. The proximity that this abuser now has to children is disturbing and we call on Catholic officials to publicize his presence to the community so that parishioners and the public are better able to protect children and the vulnerable.

According to journalist George Neumayr, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick now lives at a retirement community for priests that is connected to St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Marywood Retreat and Conference Center, all within the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida. It is confusing that someone who has been laicized is able to live at a retirement center for priests, and disturbing that someone with the former cardinal’s history of abuse is in such close proximity to children.

We do not know or care why former Cardinal McCarrick left the Kansas friary where he had been living. We care about children who are at risk, and when communities are left in the dark about abusers in their midst, risk is created. According to the journalist who exposed the move, he learned of it from a victim, not the Catholic Church. We call on diocesan officials to clarify to the public and parishioners the details of the former cardinal’s living arrangements, especially for the peace of mind of parents who have children at the nearby school.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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