The Vatican’s McCarrick Report Is a Shameful Whitewash
On Tuesday the Vatican published its long-delayed report on the subject of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the insatiable sexual predator who served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006 but continued to wield huge influence in the Catholic Church until 2018, when he was finally exposed by the media and forced to resign as a cardinal.
Less than a week later, it’s becoming clear that the document is a laborious but clumsy whitewash. Let me explain why.
The ostensible purpose of the 500-page report was to explain how McCarrick rose to high episcopal office despite the fact that his beach-house assaults on seminarians were common knowledge among US bishops and Vatican officials for decades. And this it succeeded in doing, more or less.
Throughout the report, the finger of blame keeps swiveling back to St John Paul II, who was explicitly warned that ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick couldn’t keep his eyes or his hands off cute young men. (One one of his innumerable international plane flights, he was so taken with an airline steward that tried to persuade him to become a seminarian.)
John Paul chose to disbelieve the accusations and accepted McCarrick’s oily assurance that he’d never committed a sexual misdemeanor in his life. It was an outrageous lie, but it worked. JPII arrogantly believed that he could tell a guilty cleric from an innocent one — and that his old friend McCarrick fell into the latter category. Certainly some American bishops hid evidence from the Polish pope, but what John Paul did hear should have been enough to rule out any question of McCarrick being given Washington.
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