Pope Francis accepts resignation of prominent US cardinal, 88, who is accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys

Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

Theodore McCarrick, 88, resigned from the College of Cardinals on Friday
Pope Francis removed the cardinal from public ministry in June after review board found ‘credible’ evidence that he assaulted a teen in the 70s
Another alleged victim came forward last week claiming the former archbishop of Washington assaulted him when he was 11 years old
Senior US church officials said they had received three allegations of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct with adults decades ago
Two of those allegations resulted in settlements

By MEGAN SHEETS
DAILYMAIL.COM
28 July 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys and multiple adults.

Theodore McCarrick, 88, was removed from the ministry in June after an investigation found there was ‘credible’ evidence that he had assaulted a teenage boy while working as a priest in New York in the early 70s.

Last week another victim came forward and alleged that McCarrick, nicknamed ‘Uncle Teddy’, sexually abused him for two decades beginning when he was 11.

Senior US church officials have said they received three allegations of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct with adults decades ago, two of which ended in settlements.

The former archbishop of Washington’s alleged abuse has been referred to as an open secret in the church community.

He is one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse allegations as the institution works to correct what Pope Francis has denounced as a ‘culture of cover-up’.

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