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A synopsis of and Church leaders’ reaction to the clergy scandal

Global Catholic News

August 22, 2018

Over the course of the last few weeks, the Church has been in the news for sex abuse scandals that have shaken many of the faithful and have resulted in an increased scrutiny of how allegations of abuse are handled. Both the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican have responded, as have many bishops throughout the U.S.


Archbishop Theodore McCarrick

On June 20, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York announced that then-Cardinal McCarrick had been removed from ministry at the direction of the Vatican after an investigation by the Archdiocese of New York found credible a charge that he sexually abused a teenager. On the same day, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Newark, issued a statement that the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen "received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago? about McCarrick and that two of those resulted in settlements.

On July 19, The New York Times ran a story about a man who alleges that Cardinal McCarrick sexually abused him for nearly 20 years, starting when the victim was 11. On July 28, Pope Francis accepted Cardinal McCarrick?s resignation from the College of Cardinals and suspended him from public ministry. He is now to be known as Archbishop McCarrick and is to spend his life in prayer and penance until the results of a canonical trial.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement about this situation, stating,

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