Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick

Ordained: 1958
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

WDC Cardinal Archbishop 2001-06, Newark archbishop 1986-2000, Metuchen bishop 1981-86, NY auxiliary bishop 1977-81. Retired in 2006. Per NY archdiocese 6/20/18, substantiated allegations of abuse of a boy, when NY priest and Cardinal Cooke’s personal secretary in the 1970s. Suspended. Denied abuse. Three prior allegations of misconduct with adults in Newark and Metuchen; settlements with two. In 7/18 a man said McCarrick abused him for 20 years, starting age 11 in 1969. He said he told Pope JPII in 1988 during visit arranged by McCarrick; no action. Sued in 8/19. Resigned from College of Cardinals, Pope accepted 7/28/18. Ordered to live ‘a life of prayer and penance.’ Moved to a friary in Victoria KS, near a school. Vatican ordered a new investigation in 10/18. A third allegation was investigated in 1/19. McCarrick was laicized 2/13/19. In 10/19 he was accused of abuse of at least 7 boys 1970-90. Named in 12/19 lawsuits, one claiming abuse of a teen NJ boy in the mid-’90s. A suit in 7/20 claims abuse in a beach house sex ring. New suits in 8/20 and 9/20. McCarrick was charged 7/28/21 with sexually assaulting a boy, age 16, in MA in 1974. His accuser said McCarrick was a family friend who often joined the family on trips, and that McCarrick sexually abused him in NJ, NY, CA and MA. Pleaded not guilty at arraignment 9/3/21. Accused in a suit in NY in 8/21 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 13-16, in 1975-78. Two news suits in 9/21, one by a former Newark archdiocesan employee alleging unpermitted sexual contact in 1991, the other by a priest alleging sexual assault, which he reported, and repeated unpermitted sexual contact around 1991 at McCarrick’s NJ beach house. Another 9/21 suit claims abuse of a young man late teens-early 20s, in NJ the 1980s.


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