Cardinal warns church amid sex abuse scandal

Published July 25, 2018, 9:25 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By the Associated Press
BOSTON — A Massachusetts leader of the Roman Catholic Church says he’s “deeply troubled” by allegations of sexual abuse by another cardinal.

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. McCarrick has been removed from public ministry since June 20, 2018, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File/ Manila Bulletin)
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. McCarrick has been removed from public ministry since June 20, 2018, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File/ Manila Bulletin)

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Tuesday that alleged actions by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick “are morally unacceptable.”

Accusations against the 88-year-old McCarrick include a case involving an 11-year-old boy and decades-old sexual misdeeds with adults.

O’Malley says the allegations highlight a “major gap” in the church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse.

McCarrick has been removed from public ministry since June 20, pending a full investigation into an allegation that he fondled a teenager over 40 years ago in New York City. A man, who was 11 at the time of the first alleged instance of abuse, says a sexually abusive relationship continued for two more decades. McCarrick has denied the initial allegation.

 
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