Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's pre-trial hearing is to be held Thursday, October 28

(Updated information - Case has been continued to December 21, 2021) 

Theodore McCarrick, a defrocked Catholic Cardinal and former ‘prince of the church,’ is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the United States to face criminal charges in the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Church for decades. Now, he is due back in the courtroom on Thursday to face three counts of indecent assault and battery. A notorious abuser, this latest trial is related to claims that McCarrick sexually assaulted a teenager during a 1974 wedding in Massachusetts. The former Cardinal pleaded not guilty to the charges this past September.

McCarrick’s attorneys say that “we will look forward to addressing this issue in the courtroom.” A date for the next proceeding will also be set in Thursday’s court date.

While we are grateful that the wheels of justice are moving in this matter, we know that the abuses committed by McCarrick were covered up by many others. We are glad that McCarrick is once again facing justice for his crimes, we know that there are many enablers who have escaped the scrutiny that they deserve. We hope that this trial will inspire others to come forward and hopefully draw more attention to the cover-up of McCarrick and others’ crimes.

We have seen far too many times that Church officials will admit to one thing and cover up a thousand others. In this case, it seems to us that Catholic leaders removed McCarrick from the clerical state in the hope that his name would disappear from the headlines, banking on his victims remaining silent and any criminal cases being beyond the statute of limitations. The proceeding tomorrow is a victory for not just the brave survivor who came forward in this case, but for all survivors who deserve justice and hope.


Mike McDonnell, Communications Manager, 267-261-0578, [email protected]

Becky Ianni, SNAP DC Leader (703-801-6044, [email protected]

Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])

(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

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  • Michael McDonnell
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