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Pope defrocks Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse allegations

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A former Roman Catholic archbishop and cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked by the Pope after the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing minors.

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Pope defrocks Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse allegations


McCarrick, 88, one of the prominent figures in the church, was defrocked just days before an unprecedented global summit of bishops to discuss child sexual abuse is convened by the Vatican, The Guardian reports

The Vatican’s move makes McCarrick the most senior figure to be removed from the priesthood in modern times.

He will no longer be permitted to act as a cleric, and is forbidden to celebrate the sacraments except to grant absolution for sins to a person close to death. Only excommunication is a more severe punishment.

Pope Francis has approved the action as “definitive”, meaning McCarrick will not be allowed to appeal, the Vatican said on Saturday.

An earlier Vatican hearing had found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession “with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power” and ordered his “dismissal from the clerical state”.


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40 Comments

  1. I wonder why most of those who preach the Word of God do not obey the Word in its totallity. The Word said if you can’t control yourself then marry a wife. Expelling Mccarrick from the priesthood is a good move.

  2. When you can’t be in control of self basically the man inside of you will use you and likewise do the controlling role…is obvious is coming from a cleric…..

  3. Sex abuse allegations in d church?…God Neva do una something before…y’all should remember wot he did to hophni And phinehas…in d bible

  4. Nice one from the pope . I hope McGarrick learns his lesson and live his remaining life in peace and ask for God’s grace .

  5. Well done pope, this is gradually becoming an every day thing. At least this will strike as a warning to senior priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

  6. I pray God have mercy on you and I’m sure he will have mercy on you. You just have to change ur ways and do the right thing. Repent

  7. I wonder why most of those who preach the Word of God do not obey the Word in its totallity. The Word said if you can’t control yourself then marry a wife. Expelling Mccarrick from the priesthood is a good move.

  8. I wonder when this will end. Some Catholic Priests have been abusing minors for years. It’s a good one that this one has been defrocked. He should be jailed too.

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