Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (Getty)
The Pope has ordered him to maintain a life of ‘prayer and penance’

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.

The Vatican press office said that the previous evening Pope Francis had received Cardinal McCarrick’s letter of “resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.”

“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the Vatican statement said.



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  1. Since I was raised as a Catholic and attended Catholic schools, I kind of roll my eyes at this stuff. Serious, but I can believe the problem is specially commonplace in the Catholic Church. Yet somehow that angle of the story has had legs for decades.

    My guess is that that only way to end it will be to eliminate the requirement for priests to take a vow of celibacy. Think that likely?

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    1. Sorry for getting back so late with you Tom, but I honestly see it as a 50% chance of it happening. The irony is that although this crisis has brought both liberal and conservative wings of the laity together against the U.S. Episcopate, both have different ideas of dealing with the issue. The traditional/conservative wing of the Church even though they are against homosexual priests and see them as one of the main sources of this crisis, fully support celibacy. Nevertheless, they do see it as a discipline of the Church and not a doctrine, so they would only be annoyed with any changes.

      Of course, the real question mark is Pope Francis. He may just do it, you can’t predict what he’s bound to do. Honestly, I’ve always been in favor of married priests even though I’m in the conservative wing of the Church in regards to doctrine. It is really a distinctly Catholic function, and maybe that’s why the traditionalists defend it, but from Orthodoxy to Protestantism there are no calls for celibacy in the priests or pastors.

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      1. Thanks for your considered answer.

        Well, since it isn’t a quick fix, I doubt anyone will jump on it as the solution for the bad publicity that stems from this problem. Besides, it is not a complete solution. It wouldn’t actually solve the management trust issues (Can the pope and the priests under him be trusted?) or the anti-Catholic bias issues. Those nuts are harder to crack than that.

        Celibacy has been around a long time. Still, only those practicing it would have a good idea of the costs versus the benefits.


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