U.S. Cardinal Steps Down Amid Sex Abuse Scandal


Reuters: Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures who has been at the centre of a widening sexual abuse scandal.

McCarrick, 88, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is the first cardinal in living memory to lose his red hat and title. Other cardinals who have been disciplined in sexual abuse scandals kept their membership in the College of Cardinals and their honorific “your eminence”.

The allegations against McCarrick, which first surfaced publicly last month, came with Francis facing an image crisis on a second front, in Chile, where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the Church in the Latin American country. more …

Opinion: Our post from July 21, “Revelations of US Cardinal Sex Abuse Will Force Pope’s Hand” was correct. Francis had no choice, as the bodies are piling up.

Two days earlier, Francis accepted the resignation of the Honduran deputy to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is one of Francis’ top advisers. Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, 57, was accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians and lavish spending on his lovers that was so obvious to Honduras’ poverty-wracked faithful that Maradiaga is now under pressure to reveal what he knew of Pineda’s misdeeds and why he tolerated a sexually active gay bishop in his ranks.

To make matters worse, the McCarrick scandal involves two underage males, one who was 11 at the time (50 years ago), and like thousands of others accused of pedophilia McCarrick is not under arrest from local law enforcement, but relegated to a so-called “life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

But there is another abuse scandal within the Catholic church that I have never before seen in print and it springs from, of all things, the #MeToo movement.

Headline, AP News: ‘After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests.”

The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.”

At the time, the sister only told her provincial superior and her spiritual director, silenced by the Catholic Church’s culture of secrecy, her vows of obedience and her own fear, repulsion and shame.

“It opened a great wound inside of me,” she told the Associated Press. “I pretended it didn’t happen.”

After decades of silence, the nun is one of a handful worldwide to come forward recently on an issue that the Catholic Church has yet to come to terms with: The sexual abuse of religious sisters by priests and bishops.”

Nowhere in Scripture does it say that people who do the work of bringing the Gospel to a dying world must be celibate:

Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 says this:  But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

What has become painfully obvious is silence from Catholics.