By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

The Vatican dismissed the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state for his sexually abusive behavior.

Has the Catholic Church put the great scandals of 2018 behind it?


The McCarrick case is about more than McCarrick’s grave failings as a priest. Stripping the former Cardinal of his rights as a priest still leaves bigger questions about the Catholic hierarchy both in America and in Rome unanswered. How did someone who engaged in such evil rise to become a prince of the Catholic Church? What happened in this case and others? How can we ensure it never happens again?

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