Cardinal O’Malley apologizes for not responding to letter that raised questions about sex abuse by fellow cardinal

BostonGlobe.com | 8/20/2018 | Aimee Ortiz - Reporter
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Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley apologized Monday for the way his office handled a 2015 letter containing allegations against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington who was removed from the ministry in June and resigned in July after reports that he had sexually assaulted minors and abused seminarians.

O’Malley’s statement was released Monday evening, more than a month after news outlets reported that Rev. Boniface Ramsey, a priest in New York, penned the letter that raised questions on McCarrick.

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The statement tackles the issue of the Catholic Church’s credibility and strikes a more apologetic tone than his first one released in July, which explained the practice that led to Ramsey’s letter going unseen.

Noting that “not everyone” will accept that he did not know about the allegations “given the way the church has eroded the trust of our people,” O’Malley said he hopes the church “can repair the trust and faith of all Catholics and the wider community by virtue of our actions and accountability in how we respond to this crisis.”

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McCarrick’s behavior was an open secret among the church hierarchy, according to media reports, but O’Malley said he only learned of the alleged sexual abuse after the stories were published.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley apologized Monday for the way his office handled a 2015 letter containing allegations against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington who was removed from the ministry in June and resigned in July after reports that he had sexually assaulted minors and abused seminarians.

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“My first knowledge of Fr. Ramsey’s letter occurred when media reports of the letter were published last month,” O’Malley...
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