The McCarrick Whitewash

Saint Peter’s Square a day before the Vatican released its long-awaited report into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, November 9, 2020. (Remo Casilli/Reuters)
The Vatican report is a kind of prophylactic against a real investigation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Vatican has finally released the long-awaited and long-delayed McCarrick Report. The document purports to be a thorough examination of how it was that a man who was widely known to be a sex pest and serial sexual harasser, Theodore McCarrick, was elevated to become a powerful and influential cardinal archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C., and the leading figure in the American Church’s post-sex-abuse reforms. McCarrick was stripped of his cardinal title and laicized over two years ago. Many lay Catholics had hoped that the report would fully expose the rotten influence networks that protected him, possibly leading

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