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Catholic Church: Former US Cardinal McCarrick again accused of sexual abuse


A Vatican court had already found Theodore McCarrick guilty in another abuse case. Now the ex-cardinal is the highest-ranking church representative in the USA against whom criminal proceedings are pending.

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Ex-Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (archive image)


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Former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is accused of sexually abusing a teenager.

The 91-year-old is alleged to have sexually assaulted and assaulted a child over the age of 14, according to court documents released by a Massachusetts district court on Thursday.

This makes McCarrick the highest-ranking representative of the Catholic Church in the USA against whom a criminal case is pending.

The former Archbishop of Washington was expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis in 2019.

A Vatican court had previously found McCarrick guilty of sexually abusing a teenager 50 years ago.

McCarrick is also known to have had sex with adult theology students.

Prosecutors accused McCarrick of groping a then 16-year-old at a wedding reception on the campus of Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1974.

The victim alleged, according to the criminal complaint, that McCarrick led him into a room and touched his genitals while he "said prayers."

The ex-cardinal has already faced several civil trials, this is the first criminal case against him.

"This is the first cardinal in the United States to be convicted of a sexual offense against a minor," said the victim's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a whole series of abuse scandals in recent years.

Between 1950 and 2016, according to the website "", the Catholic Church in the USA received 18,500 complaints against 6,700 church representatives.

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Source: spiegel

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