Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, tweeted that prelates who “supported, promoted and are affiliated with “evil” disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick must be called to account for their actions.
On Monday, tweeting in reference to a 2004 television interview in which McCarrick condemned sexual abuse, Bishop Strickland wrote: “This despicable video is from 2004. All who supported, promoted and are affiliated with this evil man need to be called to accountability. Pray that the recent Summit will take these concrete steps and pray for the victims.”
This despicable video is from 2004. All who supported, promoted & are affiliated with this evil man need to be called to accountability. Pray that the recent Summit will take these concrete steps & pray for the victims. https://t.co/0juecpk7ey
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) February 25, 2019
In 2004, McCarrick appeared on a broadcast of “Meet the Press” in which he was asked whether there is a “special place in hell” for clerics accused of sexual abuse. McCarrick told show host Tim Russert, “It’s part of our religion that a priest is supposed to be father, brother, friend and guide. And if it’s destroyed, if it is destroyed with young people, with children, it becomes all the more horrible.”
In January, Bishop Strickland seconded Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s call on McCarrick to repent for his sins. “Once again as a bishop of the Church I add my voice to the plea of Archbishop Vigano,” the Texas bishop tweeted. “He speaks of ETERNAL SALVATION, language seldom heard throughout this nightmare.”
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