Fr. Gerald E. Murray: A Second Look into the McCarrick Report

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*Image: Girolamo and Cardinal Marco Corner Investing Marco, Abbot of Carrara, with His Benefice by an unknown artist, c. 1520/1525 [National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC]. Cardinal Marco (the proper surname was Cornaro) is shown handing his nephew a benefice—a church appointment providing income and property in exchange for pastoral duties. The younger Marco was actually 7-years-old when the benefice was given.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 21, 2020

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

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The publication of the McCarrick Report was a welcome step by the Holy See. It answers some questions raised by the appallingly successful ecclesiastical career of a now-defrocked cardinal, long known by many to be a sexual predator who used his authority to gain access to young male victims. A closer study of the Introduction to the Report, however, raises other serious questions, and reveals fundamental deficiencies in the Report.

To begin: Who wrote the report? No author is cited. The cover page states: “Prepared by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.” Was the author an employee of Secretariat, or someone brought in from the outside? Did he bring in investigators to help him? If so, who were they?

The credibility of an investigative report depends in large part on the up-front identification of the prior relationship between the author and the institution he is investigating. It also depends upon the author’s willingness to stand behind his findings and conclusions, as well as to answer questions and criticisms following the publication of his work. So far, this has not happened.  …

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