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‘Unfathomable’ Wuerl Forgot Allegations

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The man who made a 2004 accusation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick said Wednesday he is in disbelief after Cardinal Donald Wuerl told him he forgot about the allegation sometime after becoming Washington’s archbishop in 2006. In a January 15 letter, Wuerl wrote to Washington, DC priests saying that “when I was asked if […]

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Wuerl Knew of McCarrick Abuse Allegations in 2004

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Recall that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called Wuerl a ‘shameless liar’ in his testimony back in August 2018 – now this from CNA: An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018. Wuerl forwarded the report […]

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Here’s Why You Should Care That McCarrick Won’t Get a Full Trial

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Six months after the Archdiocese of New York first announced it had received a “credible” accusation of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the disgraced former archbishop of Washington could soon find himself dismissed from the clergy altogether. But instead of conducting a full-blown trial, complete with procedural niceties and room for legal back-and-forth between prosecution and […]

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The Non-Trial of Theodore McCarrick

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to formally assess the evidence and defense within the next week and reach a final determination. While recent media reports suggest that a trial of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is underway, Vatican sources have told CNA that his case is not being handled by a full […]

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Cupich and Wuerl Collaborated on Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and […]

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What Rights Does a Pastor Have?

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While a priest’s ministry is dependent upon that of his bishop, and every priest promises respect and obedience to the bishop at ordination, it is a common mistake to think of a pastor as a kind of branch manager or tenant farmer of the bishop. The pastor’s canonical role is much different than that. Canon […]

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Never Again, AGAIN? Bishops Promise Action, But Will It Make a Difference?

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Ordinary Catholics want cultural and moral change, not bureaucracy The moral credibility of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy is under serious scrutiny, both by the faithful and the wider world. Something must be done – this is the consensus of cardinals, bishops, priests, and laity as the Church continues to grapple with the fallout of the […]