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Vatican blames many for rise of ex-cardinal accused of sexual abuse

Vatican blames many for rise of ex-cardinal accused of sexual abuse
Posted at 8:17 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 08:17:16-05

ROME — A Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has found that bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed reports that he slept with seminarians. But the 400-plus-page report determined that Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ naive handling of the predator until a former altar boy alleged abuse.

The Vatican took the extraordinary step Tuesday of publishing its two-year investigation into the American prelate’s rise and fall to restore credibility to the U.S. and Vatican hierarchies, which have been shattered by the McCarrick scandal.

Francis defrocked McCarrick, 90, last year after a Vatican investigation confirmed decades of allegations that the successful church fundraiser had sexually molested adults as well as children.