Promising a thorough review of how the Vatican handled allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the Vatican acknowledged that what happened may fall short of the procedures that are in place today.
“The Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: ‘We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead,'” the Vatican said in statement released on 6th October.
The Executive Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops had said in August that they would seek such an investigation, and leaders of the bishops’ conference met with Pope Francis on 13th September to tell him how the Church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.”
After the meeting with the pope, neither the bishops nor the Vatican mentioned an investigation. However, the president and vice president of the conference – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles – are at the Vatican for the Synod of Bishops and are likely to meet the pope again today.
Renewing its commitment to uncovering the truth, the Vatican also said that information gathered from its investigation as well as “a further thorough study” of its archives regarding the former cardinal will be released “in due course.”
Picture: Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, pictured in 2009 photo. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec).