Court hearing scheduled for ex-Cardinal McCarrick accused of sexually assaulting teenager in Massachusetts almost 50 years ago – Boston News, Weather, Sports

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DEDHAM, Mass. (AP / WHDH) – A hearing is scheduled for Thursday for former Roman Catholic cardinal Theodore McCarrick who pleaded not guilty last month to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy at a wedding reception in Massachusetts there is almost 50 years old.

McCarrick, 91, appeared in Dedham District Court on September 3, where a not guilty plea was entered in his name to three counts of indecent assault and assault and battery on one more person 14 years old.

The once powerful American prelate who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse lives in Dittmer, Missouri. He may still face charges because he left the State of Mass., Stopping the clock on the statute of limitations.

McCarrick is the only current or former American Catholic cardinal to have been charged with child sex crimes.

Ordained a priest in New York in 1958, McCarrick rose through the ranks of the church despite a knowledge apparently common to the United States and Vatican leaders that “Uncle Ted,” as he was called, slept with seminarians.

McCarrick became one of the most visible Catholic Church officials in the United States and even served as a spokesperson for other American bishops when they adopted a “zero tolerance” policy against sexually-oriented priests. abusive in 2002.

His downfall began in 2017 when a former altar boy showed up to report the priest groped him as a teenager in New York City.

The following year, the Archdiocese of New York announced that McCarrick had been removed from office after finding the allegation “credible and valid,” and two New Jersey dioceses revealed they had settled misconduct complaints sexual against him in the past involving adults.

Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick in 2019 after a Vatican investigation determined he had sexually assaulted minors, as well as adults.

A two-year internal investigation found that three decades of bishops, cardinals and popes have played down or dismissed reports of sexual misconduct. Correspondence showed that they repeatedly dismissed the information as rumor and excused it as “recklessness.”

Results released last year put much of the blame on Pope John Paul II, who appointed McCarrick Archbishop of Washington, DC, despite commissioning an investigation which confirmed McCarrick had slept with him. seminarians.

In the Massachusetts case, authorities began investigating McCarrick after Garabedian sent a letter to the prosecutor’s office alleging the abuse, court records show.

The man told authorities in January that McCarrick was close to his family when he was growing up and the abuse started when he was young.

The man said that at his brother’s wedding reception at Wellesley College in June 1974, when he was 16, McCarrick told him that his father wanted him to have a conversation with the priest because the boy “was mischievous at home and didn’t go to church”.

They strolled around campus, the man said, and McCarrick groped him before returning to the party. The man said McCarrick also sexually assaulted him in a “locker room-type closet” after they returned to the front desk, authorities wrote in the documents.

The man told investigators that before leaving the room, McCarrick told him to “say three Our Fathers and one Hail Mary or it was one Our Father and three Hail Marys, so God can redeem from your sins, ”according to the report.

He also described other cases of sexual abuse by McCarrick over the years, including when the man was an adult, court records show.

Cardinals outside the United States have been prosecuted. Cardinal George Pell was convicted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, but his conviction was overturned. And French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty but later acquitted of the charges he covered for a pedophile priest.

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