New York Archdiocese posts timeline on cardinal's ministry, abuse claim


Archdiocese of New York has posted an FAQ providing a timeline of Cardinal
Theodore E. McCarrick’s ministry in the church, information on how the
archdiocese learned of an abuse allegation against the prelate now deemed
credible and the church’s procedure for addressing abuse claims.

Early June 20, Cardinal
McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said in a statement he will no
longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican
after an allegation that he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. “While
shocked by the report, and while maintaining my innocence,” the prelate
said, he said he cooperated with the investigation into the claim.

Here is the FAQ posted at

Q: When did Cardinal McCarrick
serve in the Archdiocese of New York?

A: He was ordained a priest for
the Archdiocese of New York on May 1, 1958, and he remained a priest of the
archdiocese until his appointment as the bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey, in 1981. While a
priest of the archdiocese, his assignments included: serving as assistant chaplain,
dean and director of development at The Catholic University of America in
Washington (1958-1965); president of the Pontifical Catholic University of
Puerto Rico (1965-1969); associate secretary for education for the archdiocese
and parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Manhattan (1969-1971);
secretary to Cardinal Terence J. Cooke (1971-1977); auxiliary bishop

Q: How did the Archdiocese of
New York learn of this allegation?

A: The allegation came to us
through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), which
was established by the Archdiocese of New York two years ago as part of its
ongoing effort to renew its contrition to those who suffered sexual abuse as a
minor by a priest or deacon of the archdiocese and bring a sense of healing,
resolution and compensation to victim-survivors. The program is administered by
Kenneth Feinberg and his associate, Camille Biros.

Q: How did the Archdiocese of
New York respond to the allegation?

A: The first step was to notify
the district attorney. Then, because this allegation involved a cardinal, the
archdiocese contacted the Holy See, which has exclusive authority in the
oversight of a cardinal. The Holy See delegated New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan,
as the archbishop of the diocese where the alleged abuse occurred, to
investigate the matter, following the requirements of the “Charter for the
Protection of Children and Young People” and the policies of the Archdiocese of
New York. This includes reporting the matter to law enforcement, and having the
entire matter examined by outside professional investigators and the
Archdiocesan Review Board, which found the allegation to be credible and

Q: Can you provide details of
the allegation?

A: Out of respect for the
privacy of the victim, we will not release specific details about the
allegation. Of course, there is no prohibition or restriction on the victim,
who can choose to speak about any aspect of the case, including the allegation
and how the case was handled by the IRCP, the Review Board, and the

Q: What happens now to Cardinal

A: As with all cases of
substantiated abuse by a priest or deacon, the matter is now in the hands of
the Holy See, which has final authority to determine what “punishment” to
impose. This could range from living a life of prayer and penance, to a
dismissal from the clerical state. Cardinal McCarrick has already been directed
by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, that he is no longer
to publicly exercise his priestly ministry.

Q: Where is Cardinal McCarrick

A: Cardinal McCarrick is the
retired archbishop of Washington and continues to reside with them. He is 87
years old and in frail health. (He turns 88 July 7.)

Q: Isn’t this all just another black
eye for the Catholic Church?

A: This news will certainly be
shocking and painful, especially to Catholics, and will cause many to wonder if
this tragedy of abuse will ever end. At the same time, however, it should be
noted that, fortunately, the policies and procedures put into place by the church
are working. Although this case involves activity from nearly a half-century
ago, the allegation was taken seriously, the matter was thoroughly and
carefully investigated, and the decision is being publicly announced. No one,
not even a cardinal, is above the law or our strict policies. The church can
never be complacent, and must always do all that it can to prevent abuse, and
respond with compassion, sensitivity and respect to victim-survivors who come
forward. In this, it can be a model for others who are looking to respond to
this sin and crime that affects all segments of society.

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