A 2006 letter from a senior Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual behavior of the now resigned Cardinal of the United States. UU., Giving credibility to accusations of a cover-up on the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.
Catholic News Service, the news agency of the United States Conference of Bishops, published the then Friday letter, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, to the Reverend Boniface Ramsay, a New York priest who made the initial accusation.
Ramsay informed the Vatican in a November 2000 letter about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's misconduct with the seminarians of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University.
Ramsay, who in 2000 was in the seminary faculty, said he sent the letter at the request of the then Vatican ambassador because he had heard so many complaints from seminarians that McCarrick would invite them to his house on the beach and to his bed.
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A 2006 letter from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a senior Vatican official, confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Sandri, now a high-ranking Vatican cardinal who was number 3 in the Vatican secretariat at that time, wrote to Ramsay on October 11, 2006, seeking his recommendation for a former seminarian for a job at the Vatican.
In it, he referred to Ramsay's letter of 2000, which said: "I ask with particular reference to the serious issues that involve some of the students of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, which in November 2000 were good enough for Call attention – An apostolic nuncio in the United States, the late Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, at the center of a storm that shook Pope Francis's papacy, cited Ramsay's letter of the year 2000 in his own exposition of a cover-up on the McCarrick affair.
He called Sandri from a long list of Vatican officials who knew McCarrick's penchant for seminarians.
A letter of 2006 from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a senior Vatican official, in the photo, confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about McCarrick's sexual misconduct.
Vigano also accused Francis of knowing in 2013 about McCarrick's misconduct but of rehabilitating him from the sanctions allegedly imposed by Pope Benedict XVI.
Sandri's letter is significant because it corroborates Ramsay's story and Vigano's claims. It shows that the Vatican knew about the accusations against McCarrick in 2000, a year before St. John Paul II made him a cardinal. And it also implies the papacy of Benedict XVI for not taking action against McCarrick for years, even when more accusations came against him.
Vigano says that Benedict finally imposed some form of sanction on McCarrick in 2009 or 2010, almost a decade after Ramsay's letter.
The fact that Sandri quoted him so easily suggests that he was not lost in a pile of unread mails somewhere, but it was relevant even for a simple reference of work.
Significantly, Sandri seemed more concerned with the sexual purity of the seminarian candidate than McCarrick could have sexually abused him or harassed him, or abused his power over him.
In July, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, of the College of Cardinals, ordering him to "a life of prayer and penance."
McCarrick resigned as a cardinal in July after an investigation by the US church. UU He determined that an accusation that he fumbled for an adolescent altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
Since then, several seminarians have come forward to say that he routinely put them to bed or harassed them when they refused.
His lawyer said the allegations are serious and that McCarrick hopes to invoke his right to due process at the right time.