Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb.
Even as last month’s credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope’s direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults, late Thursday afternoon The New York Times published the apparent epitaph of one of American Catholicism’s towering figures of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: the testimony of some 20 years of abuse of one man by the retired Washington prelate, beginning when the victim – the son of a close friend of the future cardinal – was 11 years old.
Not merely for the Stateside church, but Catholicism beyond, the fresh charge – which the now 60 year-old survivor, identified only as James, said he revealed to his family in the wake of McCarrick’s removal – represents a seismic moment. Even for the torrent of 2002, it’s a confluence that would’ve been unthinkable: a graphic return to the crisis’ major eruption at an unprecedented level of the US hierarchy… yet now beyond, a practically uncharted frontier of new processes and potential penalties for clerics of all stripes over claims of sexual harassment or exploitation of those under their authority: as Francis himself has re-framed the issue over recent weeks in personally aiming to repair the roiled church in Chile, “the abuse of sex, the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience.”
As previously reported, the first allegation against McCarrick – levied last January, the 1971 abuse of a 16 year-old boy which, in a historic step, was found credible through the standard Dallas Charter process – itself represented the first time in a quarter-century that a cardinal’s assault of a minor was openly aired and acted upon by Rome.
While the removed prelate was said to have been planning an appeal of that judgment – and the final determination of McCarrick’s penalty remains pending before the Pope – a second accusation of child abuse effectively short-circuits an attempt at recourse. What’s more, however, given last month’s simultaneous disclosure of the twin settlements over the then-bishop’s misconduct toward two priests – the first of them reached in 2005 – it bears repeating that “among the College of Cardinals, never before have both degrees of scandal converged at once – that is, until now.”
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A Francis confidant and favorite of McCarrick’s who was sent to New Jersey’s top post at the latter’s behest, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said in a statement that he would “discuss this tragedy with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to articulate standards that will assure high standards of respect by bishops, priests and deacons for all adults.”
In as many words, that means another “Charter,” at least to some extent – and as both a cardinal and chair of a major USCCB committee, just as Tobin got his declared wish for a top-shelf conference delegation to visit and minister to families separated at the Mexican border earlier this month, he will have this as well.
Full story at Whispers in the Loggia.
The morally repugnant and vile homosexualists and active homosexuals in the Catholic clergy are the handmaidens of Satan. By many reports, their sexual depredations (normal to them) have cost the Church (and its parishioners) over $4 billion. More importantly, countless young men have had their lives shattered by the reprehensible hedonism of these men. And, they are with us today, everywhere in the Church.
Beyond the reprobates, the many, many men in the Church that tolerated C. McCarrick must be made public, must repent, and must be immediately removed from their positions within the Church. No more Quislings.
What normal man puts his arm around a boy’s waist (who is not his son) like in the picture? Men put their arms around other non-related men’s and boys’ shoulders, not their waists. That pic is a dead giveaway. Dead giveaway.
I also had never before realized that McCarrick was so small in stature. Now we all know how small he was in moral stature as well.
Thank you for printing this story. McCarrick and everyone who enabled him and covered up for him need to be punished. This is going to hurt the church so badly.
No gays in the priesthood. No more. No. Will the bishops have the honesty and courage to admit that the problem is homosexuality? That homosexuality is the problem, not child abuse? No more! Enough! The laity are sick of this, and now we have to relive it all over again.
For Uncle Ted the final cut and for the U.S. church the final blow?
The bishops have no credibility anymore, and I doubt it will be regained in my lifetime. Now two generations of American youth will grow up having experienced the church’s clergy as having a gay abuse problem and covering it up, then being exposed.
What are we to tell our children who scoff at the church’s hypocrisy? Here’s some advice to the bishops: stop preaching at us and stop issuing statements and clean up your house once and for all.
one good thing to come out of all this is that maybe — maybe — the church will finally wake up to the scourge that gays in the priesthood are and purge the ranks and the seminaries.
It’s not a pedophile problem, it’s a gay problem. Plain and simple and obvious.
No, Fr. Martin, we don’t need to build a bridge.
All it will take is one more similar revelation of a bishop or cardinal doing the same thing and it being covered up for years, and it’s over for the church in the U.S. All that will be left are little old ladies. The young are leaving, and this really doesn’t help to stop that. One more or several more new stories, and the church’s relevance and credibility will be shot.
Why has God allowed such evil men to become priests and rise through the ranks? Nothing makes any sense.
I’m dreading going to mass this weekend. I’m dreading facing my friends who have left the church and them saying, “Told you so.”
Thanks to all the lies and liars in the clergy, I can never know who is faithful and who is not. Now all I think about at mass is is this priest gay? Is he an abuser? Does he have a secret sordid life?
Nothing less than swift defrocking, stripping of priestly faculties, dismissal from the clerical state will be justice, then civil jail sentence. I don’t see how anyone could go to McCarrick as a priest anymore anyway. Who would want to? McCarrick didn’t make an oops mistake… he was a serial, predatory, conniving, deliberate, evil, wicked man who used the trappings of holiness and priesthood and the authority of the episcopacy to conceal and enable his homosexual predation and coercion.
I don’t see how anyone can argue anymore that gay is good or neutral in the priesthood, or at all. I’ve had enough of these scandals that keep being revealed. My money isn’t for prelates to live high on the hog and make a mockery of the faith, nor is it to pay out settlements. No more for the church for quite some time. If the church needs help fixing something, I can help with labor, but no more money because I don’t trust them with it.
The Catholic Church has become the incredibly shrinking Catholic Church. In my parish there is no longer a program for high school students. Why? Because there are no high school students in the parish. Also, there are very few families with young children. Our pastor refers to the parish as a “retirement parish”. Most of the parishioners have gray, white or no hair. These scandals have taken a huge toll. My friends and family members who are former Catholics say the Church has no credibility anymore…and it is corrupt. They’ve left and…I may not be far behind them!
Ralph: But to whom shall you go? Christ has the words of eternal life, and he stands by his Church until the end of time.
“Judy” is correct: The Church needs to do more than only stopping obviously homosexual men from entering the seminaries. The institutional Church needs to remove — eliminate completely — those men, from whatever rank, who have conspired to protect homosexuals, however done. If this were done, we would lose many, many clergy (and religious, too), but the Church could then return to its duty before God, leading Mankind toward salvation.
But, the problem is that homosexuals virtually control things in the Church. More to come on this issue.S
The picture of McCarrick and the boy is just plain creepy!
When there are still drug-fueled gay orgies going on in Vatican City apartments, the problem is not going away any time soon.
The human element of God’s One, True Church is undergoing a passion unlike any in Her past. The majority of Her cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons and religious are de facto modernists — heretics. Most are so blind or ignorant they don’t even know they’re heretics. It’s truly unprecedented.
Avoid/ignore the Modernists. Make the sacrifice … find the nearest FSSP/ICKSP/SSPX/… parish, and try to live a Catholic life.
Trust that God will save His Church.
Spera in Deo, quóniam adhuc confitébor illi, salutáre vultus mei, et Deus meus. [Ps42:6]
My recommendation to priests is don’t ever pose for a picture like that. Ewwww
Great. Nightmare for the US church 2.0 begins. The sequel. A nuclear bomb indeed. What will be left when this is over? Who will be left?
I read someone say that Freemasons and Communists infiltrated the church through the seminaries and became priests in the 50s 60s and 70s to destroy it. Is that true? Can this be related?
Yes, it is. Lisa, you need to familiarize yourself with Bella Dodd. She spells out what happened all those years ago and that it still affects the Church today.
Yes, this is true– and scary! The Communists sought to destroy the Church, and our great country! I think many Americans have been very naive, as to their tremendous destruction! However– Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen found out, and tried to put an end to this! He also converted many prominent Communist leaders to the Catholic faith. This included bringing the prominent Communist and former Italian Catholic, Bella Dodd, back into the Church. Sadly– some of the Churchmen in question, had already risen to high positions in the Vatican, and elsewhere. However– I think Sheen did a good job, of cleaning up all that he could, in the Church– and for our country, too! (He also worked with the FBI on this.)
That bathing suit photo of the Cardinal, with his filthy hand around the young boy’s waist— is really sick!
One thing is for certain. The issue of same sex attraction (SSA) can no longer be ignored as a non-contributor to the problems faced by the Church in the area of pedophilia and the rape of male teens by clerics.
Cardinal Law was protected in Rome from the possible actions of Massachusets civil and criminal courts. Cardinal Mahoney lives in retirement ‘exile’, but still with his red hat.
Simply put, the optics of these situations are terrible. No wonder credibility of the institutional church is so low.l
The smoke of satan has been replaced with the sodomy produced sewage of satan. Who would want to remain in the Church? Either the homosexuals must go, or the Church will die. Sodomy never produces life, it only destroys. Save our Altar boys!!!
The SAME thing has happened and IS HAPPENING now in Archdiocese of San Francisco and other diocese’ in CALIFORNIA. Hush money paid out to cover up this same criminal FILTH! Money laundering through Chanceries. The Hierarchy DO KNOW WHO they have hidden and are hiding and are implicated in COVERING UP. They will reap what they are seeing. Sin, criminal acts and cover up. It is ALL being revealed now. Open your eyes. Ask questions. Don’t be put off by platitudes. Investigate!
1 Cor 5:9-13 — I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people, not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
If Paul of Tarsus were alive today, oh man would he be laying into the bishops of our day.
Why don’t we hear about this problem in other mainline Christian churches, or even to the extent that occurs in the Catholic church?
Because of long-standing anti-Catholic bias in the media. The Catholic Church is their main target.
Bob Young– Protestant denominations are much smaller, and ordinations to be one of their ministers, are few. Ordinations of gay Protestant ministers is also a very new thing, for Protestant churches, and not totally accepted. And Protestant churches never had the tremendous tumult and change that we did, with Vatican II- plus, all Church administration was nearly abandoned, after the Council, due to past abuses! Religious and moral training with the Catechism also ended, and “tolerance” of all beliefs was encouraged– very immoral and permissive! Worldwide, the Catholic Church has abut a billion members– and thousands of clergy! It is much easier to control a smaller church, than a very large one!
“Linda Maria/Bob One”: Easy answer; because the Catholic Church is Satan’s target. The True Faith remained faithful on issues of a male priesthood, on the indissolubility of marriage, on forbidding homosexual sex practices, on the Real Presence, on the Mass of All Time, all of that. Satan loves sex, except for married sex. How better to kill off the institutional Church than by opening the door to multitudes of homosexual perverts who have had decades to destroy the souls of young men.
Satan also hates good Catholic families. Destroy the institutional Church and the sacrifices within families to remain faithful make little sense.
Sorry– I typed too fast– and misspelled Bob One’s name!
Was Cardinal McCarrick’s gay sex predator crimes — especially, crimes done to seminarians!– mentioned in the book, “Good-Bye, Good Men,” by Michael S. Rose?? I will have to look in that book, again, and see!
Bless you, St Christopher! Satan has been very busy destroying our Church and our country, since the filthy, irresponsible 1960s!
This story really captures the depth of the problem within the Church since VII. Interesting whose comments are missing: Priests* . Wouldn’t it be something if the clergy used sites such as this to expose the rot.
* not to mention the usual suspects/homosexualists who regularly scandalize this site
I agree with the comments saying how difficult it is to take a family to mass after horrific stories like this. I’ve said for a long time that these scandals are a prime reason why Mom’s don’t take their kids to mass much anymore. But the problem isn’t that the Church doesn’t have zero tolerance towards gay priests, the problem is that it HASN’T had zero tolerance of sexually abusive priests. For decades prelates knew about abuse but shuffled them from parish to parish, itself a crisis of leadership, judgement & morality. A majority of gay priests don’t molest & not all molestation is same-sex abuse. If McCarrick is allowed to die with his red hat it will show that the Church still passes molesting priests from one role to another.
The majority of the perpetrators are male. The majority of the victims are male. The majority of the sexual abuse is HOMOSEXUAL. Homosexuals should not be tolerated in the Priesthood. They are causing most of the problems.
Sorry “YFC,” you have no basis to make a statement that “A majority of gay priests don’t molest & not all molestation is same-sex abuse.” There can be no apologia for the Church ordaining any homosexual man, whether or not active, into the priesthood, and for permitting any of them to stay in the priesthood once ordained. In any event, statistics support the conclusion that the vast majority of molested children are boys, and that the molesters of them are homosexual.
Actually, St. Christopher, I do. I read the John Jay report.
You aren’t able to connect the dots. Or, I think, rather… you are able but you are unwilling. it’s a homosexual problem because homosexuality itself is a problem and there are a lot of homosexual priests, bishops and cardinals and…? Pretending it’s a pedophilia problem is dishonest. McCarrick isn’t accused only of violating minors: he’s accused of running a gay harem in his seminary. And there were other homosexual clergy who went along with it or were silent about it. They all have the goods on each other. When it hits the fan, it’s going to be cataclysmic. Hell hath no fury like a gay cleric scorned or betrayed.
Crane, perhaps you missed my statement earlier that if McCarrick is allowed to take his red hat to his grave, it will show that molesting priests are still being passed from one role to another. I don’t know about whether he had a harem, but if so, the same statement applies. But to claim ALL gay priests molest adolescents or ALL gay priests have harems or ALL gay priests do this & such is just not true. The MAJORITY of gay priests serve honorably without scandal, as the John Jay report found. And maybe more importantly, even if all gay priests were eliminated from the priesthood, there would STILL be unacceptable levels of sex abuse in the Church!
Actually, “YFC,” the John Jay report(s) have been universally criticized and largely rejected. The Report’s view that “the 1960’s made me do it” are simply comical and lack sufficient foundation (and even common sense). The USCCB used the Jay reports to bolster its love affair with homosexuals in the Church. You are sadly mistaken, as was the Church, that the warfare on male children in the Church was anything other than by homosexual clergy.
We are now seeing the chickens coming home to roost. Time for a Holy cleansing of the Church.
Every study has it’s flaws and limitations, of course. What data do you have to rely upon your conclusions?
What data? How about just about every news story that reveals homosexual clergy everywhere doing unspeakable things in the Vatican and all around the world? How about the story today in the National Catholic Register about 48 Honduran seminarians saying that their seminary is a gay resort? The evidence piles up. No, it’s not an official sociological study, but common sense is able to conclude the truth about what studies cannot determine. Homosexualist sympathizers try to spin it their way, but the truth is the Catholic church has a huuuuuuuuge gay clergy problem. Gay clergy are the problem. Because they are gay.
The following article which appeared today may serve to get the attention of Holy See:
Speculative question–‘Why are all of the scandals within the Western (Laton Rite), while the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church do not appear to be suffering from these scsndals to the same degree? Maybe joining the Maronite Right might provide some comfort?
To Lou Varini— At least it would be better than joining the Maronite Left.
Well, smaller churches are much easier to control! If they are not wealthy and powerful, and don’t worry about reputation management to stay alive— they might be more honest and reliable! But you can never tell, what ” fallen” human beings might do, in the name of religion!
“Professor Cahill and Dr Wilkinson do not blame the abuse crisis entirely on celibacy, but their report notes the low levels of abuse in the eastern rite Catholic churches — particularly the Maronite, Ukrainian, Melkite and Chaldean churches — where priests are allowed to marry and become fathers.”
There are cases of abuse in the Eastern Rite Churches, both Orthodox and Catholic. There is a survivors group for them, too.
No rites allow priests to marry. Some allow married men to become priests, but once an unmarried man is ordained, he loses the option to marry. No rites allow married bishops.
This article may interest readers here:
“Blessed Mother, you know I want to obey Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. If obeying the Catholic Church is the same as obeying Jesus, please help me, because I don’t see it. Please give me a supernatural sign.”
She gave me at least three signs. After that, the process of becoming Catholic became a joyful, peace-filled enterprise and I have no regrets at all. I am so thankful to be Catholic.
Celibacy does not make a man a criminal. God calls all Christians to chastity, according to their state in life!
We must see Christ in all others— and never view others as an “object” of selfish lust! Many celibate Christians, with selfless love of God and mankind, have become great saints!
It looks like the biggest problem that the Catholic Church has had, with criminal sex offenders in the clergy— are clergy who are homosexuals. The Church should really get rid of these clerics, and break up their gay networks, in seminaries, dioceses, and religious orders!
The Protestants are not immune to the abuse problem. Basyle Tchividjian, a lawyer who happens to be the late Billy Graham’s grandson, operates G.R.A.C.E.: Godly Responses to Abuse in the Christian Environment. Tchividjian thinks the abuse situation in Protestant Churches may be worse than it is in the Catholic Church. He notes that abuse cases in Protestant churches are often handled quietly and pastors remain in the ministry after seeking forgiveness from the church Board.
“YFC,”you are asking a question that contains its own answer. The very fact that there are homosexual issues of such abundance in the current Church is sufficient to demonstrate that homosexual clergy is the overwhelming cause of violence to Catholic boys and seminarians. And such predations are acts of violence, truly malum in se. Put a different way, without homosexual clergy, there would be little, if any, sexual assaults on pre- and post-pubescent boys and seminarians.
Such acts are in clear distinction from other sexual crimes, such as a heterosexual priest having sex with a young girl. But then, you already know this, and raise questions to avoid the obvious.
Loud and clear: let there be no homosexuals in the priesthood, none in seminaries. Keep them out. For the good of the church, keep them out. How long is this going to go on before the obvious solution is finally adopted? How long before homosexuality itself being acknowledged as an undesirable negative trait that makes a man unfit for priesthood?
I recall, after Vatican II, a prediction that maybe a lot of gay men would join the priesthood, as thousands of normal men were leaving! No one wanted the New Mass! And the psychology of relationships and marriage, was being promoted as the big thing, by the Church!
For about forty years, the homosexuals have been molesting our children. What is even more upsetting, our religious leaders refuse to fix the problem. There is only so much that people can take before they become so angry that they start to take matters into their own hands. The constant revelations of more homosexual abuse rings being discovered serve to foment more righteous indignation.