Just because “Uncle” Ted McCarrick has been laicized and made a scapegoat on behalf of a Vatican that continues to demonstrate it’s anything but serious about clerical abuse, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing left we can learn from him. Here, very briefly, are two lessons from McCarrick worth remembering.
First: just because a high-ranking cardinal tells you something, doesn’t mean he’s not a diabolical liar. Knowing what we know now, how creepy is this?
FLASHBACK: Theodore McCarrick was defrocked by the Vatican. In 2004, Tim Russert asked him if there was “a special place in hell” for abusive priests. #MTP
McCarrick: “There is certainly a special, terrible judgment on someone who would abuse the trust that a priest must have.” pic.twitter.com/mkk7TRm0NH
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 17, 2019
Second, McCarrick helped elect Pope Francis, and Pope Francis has been accused of covering up for McCarrick. Here is McCarrick in his own words. Many of you have seen this before, but some have not, and we should never forget – especially not as this abuse summit which will feature McCarrick as the ritual sacrifice gets underway:
I’ll finish with one more repetition: the words of Archbishop Vigano from last week:
In my third testimony, I begged the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as Successor of Peter. I pointed out that he took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ along the way of the cross. I urged him then, and I now urge him again, to tell the truth, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted, to confirm his brothers (Luke 22:32).
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