Allegations of sexual abuse and settlements: What we know about Cardinal McCarrick's dramatic downfall

By Kelly Heyboer And Ted Sherman
NJ Advance Media for
June 20, 2018

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore in 2011.
Photo by Patrick Semansky

Then-Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in 2000/
Photo by John O'Boyle

Pope John Paul II embraces Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1995.
Photo by Amanda Brown

Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP, during a protest in front of the Statehouse in Trenton in 2011 to remove the statute of limitations in civil cases for sex abuse victims.
Photo by Frank H. Conlon

McCarrick, then Archbishop of Newark, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark in 1997.
Photo by Jerry McCrea

McCarrick talks with reporters outside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark in 1995.
Photo by Gene Boyars

The scandal over Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's alleged abuse of a minor while he was a young priest— and the subsequent disclosure by church officials in New Jersey of settlements of at least two cases charging sexual misconduct with adults— has raised new questions over pledges of transparency by the Catholic Church in dealing with the misdeeds of its clergy.

In 2002, American bishops passed the Dallas Charter, requiring that dioceses report all allegations of sexual abuse of minors to public authorities.

But the New Jersey settlements in the case McCarrick, which officials said involved “allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago,” were kept confidential. They only came to light after the cardinal, a former Archbishop of Newark who later became head of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was removed from public ministry Wednesday by the Vatican.

In a statement, the church said McCarrick was removed from public ministry following a “credible and substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse involving a teenager from nearly 50 years ago. He accepted the end of his public role in the church. However, the cardinal said he does not remember the alleged abuse, and believes he is innocent.



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