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The McCarrick Report: A Tragic Chapter, A Full Accounting

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Two years after Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through church ranks and promised to make the report public, the McCarrick Report, issued Nov. 10, is a devastating portrait of personal deception and institutional blindness, of opportunities missed and faith shattered.

At the same time, it is also the story of an unparalleled effort at transparency, revealing a church that is committed to the accountability of its leaders at all levels. Today and in the week ahead, Catholic News Service is examining all aspects of the report. It is also reminding readers of the vulnerability of victims who will suffer further pain as incidents of abuse are brought to light.

Overview of the investigation’s findings, including St. John Paul II’s reluctance to believe allegations against Theodore McCarrick: click here.

Leaders of Catholic communities where McCarrick served welcome the report: click here.

McCarrick investigation includes unprecedented interviews with both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict: click here.

Pope Francis has taken a series of ground-breaking initiatives to address abuse and the toleration of abusers and is holding bishops and cardinals accountable: click here.

Victim survivors acknowledge that while a recurrence of PTSD can occur when high-profile news about clergy abusers breaks, such news does raise awareness: click here.

Video report considers reasons St. John Paul II did not heed warnings regarding McCarrick’s suitability for heading the Washington Archdiocese:

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