Pope orders church trial over US Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse allegations

Pope orders church trial over US Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse allegations

A Saturday statement said Francis received the letter of resignation a day earlier by the former Washington, D.C. archbishop.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation as a cardinal of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, DC and one of the US Catholic Church's most prominent figures, who has been at the centre of allegations of sex abuse with minors and young seminarians.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has resigned from the College of Cardinals over sexual abuse allegations. The abusive relationship lasted almost 20 years, according to James, who had asked that his last name not be used to protect a sibling.

"Basically, truth always prevails", James, who lives in Virginia, told The Associated Press on Saturday. The abuse continued after the family moved to California, and throughout James' service in the Navy and his struggles with alcohol and drugs.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin barred McCarrick from the exercise of any public ministry after the review board's findings, upon direction of the Pope.

The cardinal said in June that he was "shocked" by the initial allegation.

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The diocese of Metuchen and the archdiocese of Newark, both of which McCarrick led before he was promoted to archbishop of Washington in 2001, revealed that they had reached settlements in the 2000s with two men who accused McCarrick of sexually harassing them when they were adults. However, unlike McCarrick, O'Brien he was permitted to retain the title of cardinal and faced no canonical trial.

Then came more allegations. But being a "prince of the church", as cardinals are sometimes called, is a top honour of the church, and those elevated to that rank are called upon to advise the pope. This means he remains a priest but will be allowed to say Mass only in private.

After resigning from his Boston post, Law was transferred to a prestigious job at a Rome basilica, an appointment that triggered outrage from many abuse survivors.

McCarrick rose steadily and swiftly up the USA church's ranks, from auxiliary bishop in New York City, to bishop in Metuchen, New Jersey, to archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and then to Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

In April, Cardinal George Pell of Australia, who as the Vatican's finance chief is one of the Holy See's highest officials, was ordered to stand trial on several charges of sexual abuse. The 77-year-old faces trial in his native Australia on decades-old child sex abuse allegations. Details of the allegations haven't been made public. The trial was the first time in modern history that the Vatican's own tribunal had handed down a sentence in a clerical abuse case.

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