Theodore McCarrick the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington has been laicized, or dismissed from the clerical state, in response to his egregious, scandalous, and predatory behavior against minors and seminarians.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a ruling stating that Mr. McCarrick had been found “guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power”.

This ruling had been first given on January 11, 2019 and had been appealed by McCarrick. The February 13th ruling by the Ordinary Session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith confirmed the earlier decree, and Pope Francis has recognized the ruling rendering it “definitive and admits of no further recourse or appeal.”

McCarrick is the first cardinal to have been laicized over sexual abuse, and the first cardinal to have been laicized in nearly 5 centuries.

The full official text of the statement

On 11 January 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power. The Congresso imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state. On 13 February 2019, the Ordinary Session (Feria IV) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considered the recourse he presented against this decision. Having examined the arguments in the recourse, the Ordinary Session confirmed the decree of the Congresso. This decision was notified to Theodore McCarrick on 15 February 2019. The Holy Father has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse).

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  1. Heavenly father I ask for your mercy and forgiveness of those who bring turmull in our church.i pray the words that your son said as he surrended his life for all sins. Forgive them father as they know not what they do. Amen

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