Pope accepts US cardinal’s resignation following sex abuse scandal

Theodore McCarrick was one of the US Catholic Church’s most prominent figures

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick  was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago during his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. File photograph: Danilo Schiavella/EPA.

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago during his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. File photograph: Danilo Schiavella/EPA.

 

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC and one of the US Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, following allegations of sex abuse with minors and young men.

The Vatican said in a statement that McCarrick had sent his resignation letter to the Pope on Friday night.

“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the statement said.

–Reuters