The Church Can’t Get Past McCarrick

The aftershocks of the Theodore McCarrick scandal are continuing to rock the Church. The latest one came last Thursday. The defrocked cardinal “has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974,” the Associated Press reported. McCarrick faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

That individual says the abuse took place at his “brother’s wedding reception at Wellesley College in June 1974 — when he was 16,” according to AP. “The man said that the two of them went for a walk around campus and McCarrick groped him before they went back to the party.” The man says McCarrick also assaulted him in a coat closet and then told him as he departed the room to “say three Our Fathers and a Hail Mary or it was one Our Father and three Hail Marys, so God can redeem you of your sins,” reports AP.

This trial is sure to serve as yet another reminder of the Catholic hierarchy’s complicity in McCarrick’s misdeeds. After all, those who knew of his misconduct remain in positions of power. “[W]e all knew,” Bishop Steven Lopez has acknowledged

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