Bishop Theodore McCarrick listens to Craig Martin, a child victim of sexual abuse by a priest, as he delivers remarks to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops June 13, 2002 in Dallas, Texas. (photo: L.M. Otero)
They note that the Vatican report downplays McCarrick’s homosexual misconduct and grooming behaviors with adult clergy and seminarians, and the influence of a clerical ‘gay lobby’ in covering up his moral crimes.
By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, November 14, 2020
VATICAN CITY — One of the more disturbing and key aspects revealed by the McCarrick Report is how the now-laicized former cardinal archbishop of Washington’s homosexual grooming of seminarians resulted in only light punishments, while at the same time he reached the highest ranks of the Church.
The 450-page report, officially titled “Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930-2017),” is the fruit of a two-year Vatican Secretariat of State investigation into archival documents and 90 interviews regarding the former cardinal.
It recounts many incidences of McCarrick abusing seminarians and young priests which often included inappropriate touching and sharing beds with them, although McCarrick himself denied any sexual activity took place. ….