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James Grein files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against New York and Vatican for McCarrick abuse
James Grein, the primary victim of laicized rapist Theodore McCarrick (formerly the cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C.), revealed for the first time on Wednesday that he disclosed to Pope John Paul II himself the abuse he suffered at the hands of McCarrick.
“Yes, this is the first time I’ve said that,” Grein told Church Militant on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he and his lawyer, Mitchell Garebedian, held a press conference on the first day the state of New York is recognizing lawsuits from victims under a new measure that gives them a one-year window to sue without regard to the previous statute of limitations.
“This is a day of reckoning for the Church,” said Grein, who asserts in his new lawsuit that McCarrick molested him for six years in the state of New York while serving as a priest in the archdiocese of New York.
In response to a question from Church Militant, Grein also acknowledged that Cdl. Terence Cooke, for whom McCarrick worked as a priest-secretary, “had to have also known of the abuse.”