US bishops: Sex allegations against US prelate shameful

August 01, 2018 - 5:57 pm

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says sex abuse allegations against the ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick raise serious questions about how the alleged abuse remained a secret for decades.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a statement Wednesday that U.S. bishops will "find the truth in this matter."

The Archbishop of Galveston-Houston added that the allegations against McCarrick caused sadness, anger and shame for bishops.

Pope Francis effectively stripped McCarrick of his cardinal's title on July 28 after allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, surfaced last month.

The 88-year-old retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., was previously one of the highest, most visible Catholic Church officials in the United States.

He was heavily involved in the church's yearslong response to allegations of priestly abuse there.

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