Former Cardinal McCarrick defrocked over sex abuse allegations

ROME, ITALY (REUTERS) – Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the priesthood following allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said on Saturday (February 16).

In July McCarrick became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal. He has now become the highest profile Church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

McCarrick had appealed the decision but it was upheld and Pope Francis said no further appeal would be allowed.

McCarrick has responded publicly to only one of the allegations, saying he has “absolutely no recollection” of an alleged case of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago.

He has not responded publicly to separate allegations by several priests and ex-priests who have come forward alleging he used his authority to coerce them to sleep with him when they were adult seminarians studying for the priesthood.

The allegations against McCarrick date back to decades ago when he was still rising to the top of the U.S. church hierarchy.

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