A former Roman Catholic Cardinal who’s been defrocked for credible allegations of sexual assault blamed conservative Catholics within the church hierarchy for his downfall.
Theodore McCarrick was removed from the clerical state in February after being accused of sex abuse by a former young male parishioner and adult seminarians(students studying to become Catholic priests).
Shortly before being stripped of his clerical status in an expedited Vatican trial, the former Archbishop of Washington D.C. was shipped away from his former diocese to a remote friary in Victoria, Kansas. He was ordered to live a penitent life of prayer with a small community of Franciscan monks known for their frugality.
However, McCarrick spoke out for the first time since his defrocking in a spontaneous interview with Slate’s Ruth Graham. The former clerical all-star revealed that he still steadfastly denies the allegations levied against him, and actually blames conservative elements of the Catholic clergy for his downfall. McCarrick was known widely as one of the most progressive senior Cardinals of the Catholic Church before being defrocked.
McCarrick singled out Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano as a supposed leader of the plot against him. Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, accused Pope Francis of ignoring the allegations of abuse against McCarrick.
The defrocked Cardinal told Graham that he believed Vigano was “talking as a representative of the far right, I think… I don’t want to say he’s a liar, but I think some of the bishops have said that he was not telling the truth.”
The adult man who revealed McCarrick groped him sexually in a confessional, James Grein, spoke forcefully against the now-defrocked former Cardinal’s denials. “Father McCarrick’s claim that he did not sexually abuse James Grein in the confessional rings hollow given that McCarrick has shown himself to be a child molester without a conscience.”
Although their suffering is secondary to that of clerical abuse victims, Catholics throughout the world continue to suffer spiritual agony from the actions of predatory clergy who disgrace their religion.
US Virgin Islands Attorney General Demands Jeffrey Epstein Flight Logs
This could get interesting.
The Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands is requesting the flight logs Jeffrey Epstein’s private aircraft in a new lawsuit against the deceased pedophile billionaire’s estate, according to new reporting from the Mirror. The development has reportedly sparked ‘panic’ among supposed former contacts of Epstein, who fear their relationship with the disgraced financier being publicized.
This is a game changer in investigations into Epstein’s sex trafficking empire, because it could reveal new information on who actually visited the financier’s infamous ‘pedophile island’ of Little Saint James in the US territory. Flight logs of private aircraft often include records of individuals who travel aboard them. Former Epstein pilot David Rodgers revealed that Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Prince Andrew flew aboard Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ private jet when he personally released flight logs in 2009.
Bill Clinton continues to deny ever having visited Little Saint James, where Epstein is known to have engaged in routine sexual abuse of trafficked underage girls. However, two eyewitnesses verified for their former connections to Epstein, including trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre and island handyman Steve Scully, have both spoken publicly about seeing Bill Clinton in person on the island. So someone’s lying.
The subpoena in USVI Attorney General Denise George’s lawsuit against the Epstein estate also demands information about any and all pilots Epstein employed to transport him to his private island.
George’s lawsuit makes claims of aggravated rape, child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, seeking relief for Epstein’s crimes. The pedophile billionaire, who escaped real consequences for his sex crimes through the power of his personal elite network when charged with child prostitution in 2008, is said to have committed suicide under suspicious circumstances while awaiting trial on trafficking charges in a New York federal jail last year.
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