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Catholic Cardinal Steps Down Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

 

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Judge Dismisses Transgender Woman’s “Discrimination” Lawsuit Against Miss USA Pageant

Miss USA remains a pageant for biological females only.

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Last Thursday a federal judge dismissed a transgender woman’s lawsuit that accused the Miss USA pageant of discrimination.

Anita Noelle Green is a biological male who claimed that “she” had a right to participate in the pageant’s competitions, but US District Judge Michael W. Mosman found that the law is not on “her” side.

Judge Mosman ruled that Miss United States of America LLC, a private corporation, cannot be forced to violate its mission of promoting “natural-born” females.

“I view it as an association that cannot under the Constitution be required to allow plaintiff to participate in what defendant says is a contradiction of that message,” he said.

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Green competed in the 2018 Miss Montana pageant and won the 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon competition—but Miss USA denied “her” application. Green’s lawyer attempted to argue that the Miss USA corporation is predominately a commercial business that’s granted “minimal protection,” not a First Amendment-protected “expressive association.”

Judge Mosman, however, disagreed and found the pageant corporation to be a predominately expressive association, meaning that it is engaged in expressive activity and promotes a message.

In related news, Big League Politics recently covered Sen. Rand Paul’s confrontation with transgender HHS nominee Rachel Levine about “her” unwillingness to say that minors shouldn’t be bypassing their parents and making their own decisions about transitioning:

At Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Rand Paul confronted Rachel Levine, a transgender doctor and Biden’s Assistant HHS Secretary nominee, asking if “she” supports minors overriding their parents on transitioning to the opposite sex.

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Levine’s response was as follows: “Senator, transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field, and if confirmed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Health, I would certainly be pleased to come to your office and talk with you and your staff about the standards of care…”

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