Not a Word on McCarrick Report as Second Anniversary of His Removal Passes Quietly

“The publication depends on the Pope,” said Cardinal Parolin in February. “The work that is done is done, but the Pope must give the final word.”

The Vatican is remaining silent about its investigative report into disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., who was removed from public ministry two years ago June 21 after allegations emerged of his sexual abuse of minors and sexual harassment of seminarians.

The Holy See Press Office and the Vatican Dicastery for Communications have not responded to a number of inquiries in recent weeks by the Register, despite assurances from a number of prelates over the past six months that its publication was imminent.

In October 2018, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had ordered a “thorough study” of all the documentation in the Vatican archives to “ascertain all the relevant facts” surrounding McCarrick, who began his priesthood in New York and served as a bishop in New Jersey before coming to Washington.

The investigation was to build on a “thorough preliminary investigation” by the Archdiocese of New York begun in September 2017.

The documentation from that previous study was forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the purposes of the fuller investigation whose conclusions, the Vatican said in 2018, would be made known “in due course.”

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