Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, Washington D.C. Archbishop Emeritus, from the College of Cardinals which became effective immediately. Additionally, the Vatican statement announcing McCarrick’s resignation indicated that the Pope “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.”
On June 20, 2018, the Vatican removed McCarrick from public ministry pending the Archdiocese of New York’s review board decision on the sexual abuse allegations against McCarrick which the Vatican deemed to be “credible and substantiated.”
The statement issued by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on McCarrick’s resignation was short: “I thank the Holy Father for his leadership in taking this important step. It reflects the priority the Holy Father places on the need for protection and care for all our people and the way failures in this area affect the life of the Church in the United States.”
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