Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick accused a meeting with NYC prosecutor for the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

The main prosecutor in the case against sexual abuse against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with prosecutors from New York City, showing that the scandal that the papacy has done is now part of the broader investigation of American law enforcement into sexual abuse and cover in the United States. Catholic Church.

James Grein last month gave a testimony to the assistant prosecutor Sara Sullivan, who is investigating a wide range of issues concerning mental abuse and the systematic cover-up by ecclesiastical superiors, the lawyer of Grein, Patrick Noaker told The Associated Press.

The development is considerable, since the Vatican investigation against McCarrick has already created a credibility crisis for the Catholic hierarchy, including Pope Francis, because it was apparently an open secret that McCarrick slept with adult seminarians. Grein's testimony, however, contains accusations that McCarrick, a former friend of the family, also cared for and abused him when he was 11.

A lawyer said the main prosecutor in the case against sexual abuse against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick (in 2011) met with prosecutors in New York City

A lawyer said the main prosecutor in the case against sexual abuse against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick (in 2011) met with prosecutors in New York City

James Grein (in 2018) testified of a Manhattan ADA, claimed that McCarrick, a former friend of the family, also cared and abused him when he was 11.

James Grein (in 2018) testified of a Manhattan ADA, claimed that McCarrick, a former friend of the family, also cared and abused him when he was 11.

James Grein (in 2018) testified of a Manhattan ADA, claimed that McCarrick, a former friend of the family, also cared and abused him when he was 11.

The office of the district office in Manhattan launched last year a hotline and invited victims to report even decades of sexual abuse, and said that it's all research goals & # 39; sought to guarantee justice.

Grein met Sullivan before Christmas after filing a compensation claim with the Archdiocese of New York City claimed that McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington, first exposed himself when Grein was 11 and continued to abuse him for twenty years, even during confession, Noaker said. Church compensation procedures require victims to inform the public prosecutor of their allegations made by Grein on 1 November.

Noaker, however, said that Grein's testimony to Sullivan went beyond the required pro forma notification and dealt with matters relating to a broader investigation.

On 27 December, Grein testified to researchers from the Vatican as part of the internal probe of the Holy See against McCarrick. That investigation has now been completed and moved to Rome, where a final verdict is expected within a few weeks, officials from the Vatican say.

McCarrick, who was also accused by two other men in the Vatican's investigation, is facing a possible defrocking if Francis determines that the accusations against him are credible.

Criminal charges in New York City against McCarrick are unlikely for any actual abuse, due to the statute of limitations, said Noaker. But Grein's testimony can still be useful, because prosecutors have been investigating patterns of abuse, conspiracy and cover-up by Catholic leaders for decades.

Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick (in 2005) resigned in the summer after being accused of grieving an altar boy in the 1970s

Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick (in 2005) resigned in the summer after being accused of grieving an altar boy in the 1970s

Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick (in 2005) resigned in the summer after being accused of grieving an altar boy in the 1970s

The alleged grief took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, while McCarrick (in 2016) was a priest of NYC.

The alleged grief took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, while McCarrick (in 2016) was a priest of NYC.

After an internal investigation, McCarrick (in 2011) was removed from the public prosecutor's office

After an internal investigation, McCarrick (in 2011) was removed from the public prosecutor's office

The alleged grief took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral while McCarrick was a priest from NYC. After an internal investigation, McCarrick (2006 and 2011) was removed from the public prosecutor's office

Pope Francis (shown) removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July 2018

Pope Francis (shown) removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July 2018

Pope Francis (shown) removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July 2018

A law enforcement official who was familiar with the New York City investigation said it was different from the September New York State Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, who had summoned all eight dioceses in New York State. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.

Underwood, which has since been replaced, took action with prosecutors in a dozen American states after a major Pennsylvania jury claimed that more than 1,000 children were molested by more than 70 priests over 70 years old in six dioceses of that state alone.

The public prosecutor's office conducts a civil investigation, but has also contacted local prosecutors who are authorized to summon major juries or conduct criminal investigations.

Apart from that, the US Department of Justice has told every Catholic diocese in the country not to destroy documents or confidential archives with regard to abuse investigations and transfers of priests.

McCarrick was ordained a priest in New York City in 1958 and served as an auxiliary bishop of New York's then-cardinal Terence Cooke before becoming Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey, in 1981. It was during his years as a priest in New York City – in the early seventies – that he reportedly caught a teenage altar in St. Patrick's Cathedral. That accusation triggered internal church research.

After the archdiocese of New York had found the accusation credible and had announced that McCarrick had been removed from the public ministry, Grein and former seminarians came forward to say that McCarrick was also bothering them. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July.

McCarrick denied the first demonstration of the altar boy and said through his lawyer that he was looking forward to his right to a fair trial.

A former priest of the diocese of Metuchen, Robert Ciolek, also publicly accused McCarrick of inappropriate behavior while he was a seminarian and formalized the accusation in a 2004 complaint to Pittsburgh officials.

In the past week, the archbishops of Pittsburgh and Washington confirmed that when Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl forwarded the complaint to the Vatican embassy at the time, he refuted Wuerl's allegation that he had not heard any accusations against McCarrick until last year.

Francis recently accepted the resignation of now-Cardinal Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington after his credibility was suffered as a result of the McCarrick scandal and allegations about his Pittsburgh term in the Pennsylvania Jury report.

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