On Saturday, October 6, the Vatican Press Office released a communique indicating that Pope Francis has ordered the Archdiocese of New York investigation into sex abuse allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick be combined with a “thorough study of the entire documentation present in the archives of the dicasteries and offices of the Holy See.” This directive was to ascertain “all the relevant facts, to place them in their historical context and to evaluate them objectively.”
“Historic” as stated within the context of the Vatican press is important and was followed by this statement: “The Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: ‘We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead’ (Philadelphia, Sept. 27, 2015). “Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated, and a different treatment for bishops who have committed or covered up abuse, in fact, represents a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable.”
Please use this link to review an analysis of the Papal order published in Crux.