Dedham, Massachusetts-Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse, sexually assaulted a 16 during a wedding banquet in Massachusetts for nearly 50 years on Friday. The year-old boy acted before pleading not guilty.
McCarrick, now 91, wore a mask and entered the Dedham District Court in the suburbs of Boston, arching his back against the walker. “You are too shameless!” a protester shouted.
He did not speak at the hearing. The court pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The bail was $5,000, and he was ordered to stay away from the victim and not have contact with minors.
McCarrick is the only American Catholic cardinal who has ever been criminally charged for child sex crimes, both current and former.
McCarrick’s lawyer, Catherine Zimmer, said afterwards that they “looked forward to resolving these allegations in court” and would not immediately make other comments.
The next hearing is scheduled for October 28th.
Court documents show that McCarrick, who now lives in Dittmer, Missouri, faces three charges of molesting and assaulting a person over the age of 14. He may still face charges in this case because he is not a resident of Massachusetts and has left the state, thus stopping the statute of limitations.
The victim’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said: “Today’s subpoena gives hope to many clergy victims and survivors of sexual abuse that justice will prevail and the truth will be told. , The children will be protected,” said the victim’s lawyer Mitchell Garabedian (Mitchell Garabedian) by the clergyman.
He said: “My client stepped forward and showed great courage. He is ready to see this trial to the end.”
McCarrick’s fall began in 2017, when a former altar boy stood up and reported that he was fumbled by a priest when he was a teenager in New York. The following year, the Grand Diocese of New York announced that McCarrick had been removed after discovering that the allegations were “credible and well-founded.” Two New Jersey diocese revealed that they had resolved past accusations of sexual misconduct involving adults.
After a Vatican investigation determined that McCarrick had sexually abused minors and adults, Pope Francis removed him in 2019.
A two-year internal investigation of McCarrick found that the bishops, cardinals and popes over the past three decades have downplayed or ignored reports of sexual misconduct. The letter showed that they repeatedly rejected the information directly as rumors and justified it on the grounds of “indiscretion.”
The findings released last year put most of the blame on Pope John Paul II, who appointed McCarrick as the Archbishop of Washington, DC, although he commissioned an investigation that confirmed that McCarrick had slept with seminary students.
According to court records, in the Massachusetts case, after the plaintiff’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, wrote to the District Attorney’s Office accusing McCarrick of abuse, the authorities began investigating McCarry. gram.
The man told the authorities in an interview in January that McCarrick had a close relationship with his family when he grew up, and the abuse began when he was a young boy.
The man said that at the wedding reception held by his brother at Wellesley College in June 1974-when he was 16 years old-McCarrick told him that his father wanted him to talk to McCarrick , Because the boy is “naughty at home and doesn’t go to church”.
The man said that the two of them were walking on campus and McCarrick fumbled for him before they returned to the party. Authorities wrote in the document that the man stated that McCarrick had sexually assaulted him in a “cloakroom closet” after they returned to the reception.
The man told the investigator that before leaving the room, McCarrick told him “say three of our fathers and one haunted Mary, or one of our father and three haunted Marys, so that God can redeem your sins. ,” the report said.
According to court records, he also described McCarrick’s other cases of sexual abuse over the years, including the man’s adulthood. The Associated Press usually does not identify people who report sexual assaults unless they agree to make their names public.
McCarrick was appointed a priest in New York City in 1958. Although the leadership of the United States and the Vatican apparently knew that “Uncle Ted” had slept with seminary students, he elevated the status of the church.
The case against McCarrick and other Catholic clergy is particularly serious in Boston, where the global priest sexual abuse scandal was first exposed in Boston.
The report by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team helped uncover the 2002 Boston Archdiocese scandal. The report revealed how dozens of priests in the archdiocese had molested and raped children for decades, and the church officials covered up and abused priests from diocese to diocese.
A film about Universal Reporting, “Spotlight”, won the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.
McCarrick became one of the most high-profile Catholic Church officials in the United States, and even served as the spokesperson for the bishop of the United States when they enacted a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual abuse of priests in 2002.
Cardinal George Pell was convicted of sexual abuse in his hometown of Australia, but his conviction was eventually dismissed. French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty, but was later acquitted on charges he covered up for the notorious pedophile priest.