Court records show that the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick (Theodore McCarrick) was removed from office after a Vatican investigation confirmed that he had sexually harassed adults and children. Teenage boy commits sexual assault.
According to documents submitted to Dedham District Court on Wednesday, McCarrick was charged with three counts of indecent assault and assault on persons over 14 years of age.
Mitchell Garabedian, a well-known lawyer who teaches victims of sexual abuse, accused the man of abuse on behalf of McCarrick. He said that he was the first person in the United States to commit a sexual crime against a minor. The cardinal who has been criminally charged.
Garabedian said in an email: “It takes great courage for victims of sexual abuse to report sexual abuse to investigators and continue criminal proceedings.” “Let the facts be stated, the law applies, and a fair judgment is made.”
McCarrick’s lawyer Barry Coben told the Associated Press that they “look forward to a resolution of the case in court” and declined to comment further.
The Boston Globe first reported the allegations against McCarrick on Thursday.
According to court records, the man stated that the abuse began when he was a little boy. The man told the authorities in an interview in January that McCarrick has a close relationship with his family and will hold wedding masses, baptisms and funerals for them.
The man said that at the wedding reception held by his brother at Wellesley College in June 1974-when he was 16 years old-McCarrick told him that his father wanted him to talk to McCarrick. Because this boy is “naughty at home and doesn’t go to church”.
The man said that the two of them were walking on campus and McCarrick fumbled for him before they returned to the party. The official wrote in the document that the man stated that McCarrick had sexually assaulted him in a “cloakroom closet” after they returned to the reception.
According to reports, before leaving the room, McCarrick told him “say three of our fathers and one marry, or one of our father and three maries, so that God can redeem your sins.”
McCarrick, who currently lives in Missouri, has been ordered to appear in Massachusetts on August 26.
The 91-year-old McCarrick was fired by Pope Francis in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed decades of rumors that he was a sexual predator.
This case has caused a credibility crisis for the church, because the Vatican has received reports from authoritative cardinals in 1999 that McCarrick’s behavior is problematic, but he has become an influential cardinal, king maker, and “software” of the Holy See. Messenger of diplomacy.
Jeff Anderson, a lawyer representing others, said in a statement that the dismissed cardinal “has ignored the prolific history of sexual crimes by the highest-ranking Catholic officials for decades.”
“For a long time, Catholic institutions have been self-regulating while making promises without taking action. McCarrick should be in jail for his crimes,” Anderson said.
In recent decades, among the thousands of Catholic clergy suspected of sexual abuse, McCarrick has distinguished himself in reaching the highest levels of church leadership—even though the awareness of his suspicious behavior is throughout the hierarchy Spread steadily.
McCarrick was appointed priest in New York City in 1958, was promoted to Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey in 1986, and was promoted to Archbishop of Washington, DC in 2000. In 2001, he was promoted to Cardinal by Pope John Paul II.
In June 2018, McCarrick suddenly became a spokesperson for the prolonged Catholic sexual abuse crisis because Pope Francis removed him from public ministry because he abused a teenager while serving as a pastor in New York. A church team determined that the allegations by a former altar boy of McCarrick touching him before Christmas Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1971 and 1972 were “credible and well-founded”.
The church also admitted that it reached an undisclosed financial settlement agreement with adults who accused McCarrick of sexual misconduct decades ago. In the leadership of the United States and the Vatican, it is clearly known that what McCarrick called “Uncle Ted” had slept with seminary students, but he was still in the ranks of the church.