In a nearly unprecedented move, one of the most prominent Catholic Cardinals in the United States resigned from his position today amid sexual abuse allegations.
“Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures who has been at the centre of a widening sexual abuse scandal,” according to Reuters.
McCarrick was the former Archbishop of Washington D.C., and is believed to be the first Cardinal to resign since French theologian Louis Billot in 1927, who had a disagreement with Pope Pius XI.
He stands accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago, accusations which the Catholic Church say are “credible and substantiated.” Another alleged victim has come forward claiming the McCarrick abused him at age 11, and several men have alleged that the Cardinal forced them to sleep with him at his New Jersey home while in seminary school.
“A Vatican statement said the pope ordered McCarrick’s suspension from the exercise of any public ministry,” according to the report. “This means he remains a priest but will be allowed to say Mass only in private. Francis also ordered McCarrick to go into seclusion “for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”
McCarrick said he has “absolutely no recollection” of the alleged abuse from 50 years ago, and has not publicly commented on any other allegations.
“The New York Times reported last week that two dioceses in New Jersey, where McCarrick served as bishop before being promoted to Washington in 2000, had reached financial settlements in 2005 and 2007 with men who said they were abused by McCarrick as adults decades ago,” says the report.
“Last Tuesday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said he was ‘deeply troubled’ by the McCarrick case, saying it and others pointed to ‘a major gap’ in Church policy on sexual conduct and sexual abuse by bishops or other top officials.”
REPORT: President Trump to Pardon General Michael Flynn
President Donald Trump is planning on issuing a presidential pardon to former US National Security Advisor and US Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday night.
Axios sources two officials within the White House who state that Flynn will be pardoned within the coming months. President Trump is contesting the final outcome of the 2020 presidential election in court.
Flynn was ensnared in an FBI plot to criminalize diplomacy he conducted as incoming National Security Director in 2016 and 2017. He was ultimately charged with process crimes for allegedly lying to the FBI in interrogations about his duties. The DOJ recently withdrew the criminal case against the retired general, citing the considerable evidence of FBI corruption, unlawful surveillance, and partisan bias in the case.
Documents detailing the FBI’s political investigation into Trump’s first National Security Advisor revealed investigators openly attacked Flynn for political, as opposed to law enforcement, purposes.
However, left-wing Judge Emmet Sullivan still refuses to dismiss the criminal charges against General Flynn, even without a prosecution. The judge has continued a “zombie prosecution” against Flynn, possibly in hopes of getting a Democratic Justice Department to resume the case against the career military officer for manufactured process crimes.
A full pardon of Flynn would represent justice for a man maliciously targeted by political interests within the so-called US “deep state.”
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