Cardinal Suspended From Public Ministry Over Sex Abuse Allegation

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The former archbishop of Washington, from the College of Cardinals,  Theodore McCarrick  a priest accused of sec abuse  has been suspended from the exercise of any public ministry after he tended  his resignation letter Friday evening.

Pope Francis in a statement also demanded  that the prelate remain in seclusion “until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

An investigation found credible evidence that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick had sexually abused a teenager 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York.CreditMax Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, from the College of Cardinals, ordering him to a “life of prayer and penance” after allegations that the cardinal sexually abused minors and adult seminarians over the course of decades, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

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Cardinal McCarrick appears to be the first cardinal in history to step down from the College of Cardinals because of sexual abuse allegations. While he remains a priest pending the outcome of a Vatican trial, he has been stripped of his highest honor and will no longer be called upon to advise the pope and travel on his behalf.

A prominent Roman Catholic voice in international and public policy, Cardinal McCarrick was first removed from public ministry on June 20, after a church panel substantiated allegations that he had sexually abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York.

Cardinal McCarrick, now 88, said in a statement at the time that he was innocent.

Credit New York Times

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