A Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has discovered {that a} sequence of bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed studies that he slept with seminarians.

The 2-year inside enquiry got here from the Vatican on Tuesday, as Archbishop Luigi Ventura went to trial following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Within the investigation, it was decided that Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ “naive” dealing with of the predator McCarrick till a former altar boy alleged abuse.

The Vatican took the extraordinary step of publishing its investigation of the American prelate’s rise and fall in a bid to revive credibility to the U.S. and Vatican hierarchies, which have been shattered by the McCarrick scandal.

Francis defrocked McCarrick, 90, final yr after a Vatican investigation confirmed a long time of allegations that the globe-trotting envoy and profitable church fundraiser had sexually molested adults in addition to kids.

The Vatican had studies from authoritative figures relationship again to 1999 that McCarrick’s behaviour was problematic, but the Cardinal continued to rise to change into an influential cardinal, kingmaker and emissary of the Holy See’s “smooth diplomacy”.

Forward of the report’s publication, the Vatican offered journalists with an introduction and govt abstract of it.

The findings accused bishops useless and alive of offering the Vatican with incomplete details about McCarrick’s behaviour, and of turning a blind eye to his repeated flouting of casual restrictions ordered up in 2006 after Pope Benedict XVI determined to not examine or sanction him significantly.

The lion’s share of blame was positioned on a useless saint: Pope John Paul II, who appointed McCarrick archbishop of Washington D.C. in 2000, regardless of having commissioned an inquiry that confirmed he slept with seminarians.

The abstract says John Paul II naively believed McCarrick’s last-ditch, handwritten denial.

Most importantly, the findings largely gave Francis a go, saying he by no means lifted or modified these restrictions, by no means named McCarrick a “diplomatic agent” for the Holy See and by no means obtained any documentation about McCarrick earlier than 2017.

It did not say if Francis had sought such documentation after one in every of his ambassadors purportedly instructed him in 2013 that McCarrick was a predator.


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