McCarrick’s Gifts: $600,000 to High-Ranking Prelates

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By Catholic Culture, December 27, 2019

The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sent more than $600,000 in cash gifts to Vatican officials and other influential prelates during his term as Archbishop of Washington, the Washington Post has revealed.

A legendary fundraiser, McCarrick brought in $6 million in tax-exempt donations to an “Archbishop’s Special Fund,” over which he had complete control. He drew on that fund to send gifts that included, for instance, $19,000 to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Secretary of State; $6,500 to then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the sostituto who handled everyday Vatican administrative affairs; $5,000 to the late Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, who was the papal nuncio in Washington; and a one-time gift of $250,000 to Pope Benedict XVI shortly after his election.

The Washington Post exposé of McCarrick’s cash gifts covers the years from 2001, when he became Archbishop of Washington, until 2018, when he was finally removed from ministry because of multiple sex-abuse complaints. It does not include gifts that he may have given prior to his assignment in Washington—an assignment that was widely attributed to his previous fundraising successes. ….


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