How did McCarrick get away with abuse under three different popes?

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This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss the first four women to be named to the Vatican’s office for synods. We talk about who these women are, how women’s involvement in Vatican leadership is changing, and what positions may be opened to women next.

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Then, we unpack the most recent developments in the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. After the Archdiocese of New York found credible accusations that McCarrick had abused a minor, heated debate began over who knew what when about McCarrick’s misconduct. Correspondence leaked this week by McCarrick’s former secretary complicate the story, so on this episode, Gerry and I parse what we now know about each of the last three popes’ awareness of McCarrick’s case.

Finally, the pope is traveling to Romania this weekend. Gerry tells us briefly what to expect.

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John Chuchman
3 months 3 weeks ago

They all knew. Good Ole Boys in the Club look after each other.

Frank T
3 months 3 weeks ago

Sadly, McCormick is somewhat the norm. Most of these men have skeletons in their closet. , They all live in a climate of repression and genteel hypocrisy. Read the Martel book, it is truly revelatory.

J. Calpezzo
3 months 3 weeks ago

It wasn't just McCarrick, JPII and Benedict knew about all of it, and did nothing. Benedict should get the boot from the Vatican.

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