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One of the most respected US cardinals has been accused of sexually abusing both children and adult seminarians, raising questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy may have known as well as what Pope Francis is going to do about it.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was removed from public ministry in June following allegations of sex abuse that were brought to the Vatican's attention several years ago.
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On Friday a new alleged victim claimed McCarrick assaulted him for two decades beginning in 1969 when he was 11 and the priest was 39.
Now all eyes are on Pope Francis, who has already denounced a 'culture of cover-up' within the Catholic Church and will be faced with deciding whether to revoke McCarrick's title as cardinal or even defrock him altogether.
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McCarrick's alleged sexual misconduct has been referred to as an open secret in American church circles.
The priest known as 'Uncle Teddy' is said to have frequently invited adult seminarians over to his beach house and into his bed.
McCarrick - Brethren - Knowledge - Abuse
McCarrick's cardinal brethren has been remarkably silent about what knowledge they may have had regarding the alleged abuse.
The decision to remove the 88-year-old from the public ministry was issued after an allegation that he fondled a teenager more than 40 years ago was deemed 'credible and substantiated'.
Washington - Post - Victim - Student - Cathedral
According to the Washington Post, the alleged victim - now in his 60s - said he was a student at Cathedral Preparatory and Seminary school in Queens, New York, in 1971 when he was picked to be the altar boy for a Christmas service at St. Patrick's Cathedral, where McCarrick was a monsignor.
Patrick Noaker, the victim's attorney, said McCarrick was measuring the then-16-year-old for a cassock when he 'unzipped his pants and put his hands in the boy's pants'. McCarrick allegedly told the teen not to tell anyone...
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