McCarrickKristine Christleib reports for LifeSiteNews — Continual coverage of the COVID-19 scare has served to drive other pressing stories off the front page. one important story is suffering from inattention — the long-promised report on the crimes of disgraced former cardinal and abuser Theodore McCarrick is yet to be delivered. It was 612 days ago (July 16, 2018) when a story in the New York Times on the former cardinal’s double life as an abuser of young men and seminarians broke.

Within a month, Cdl. Daniel N. DiNardo of the Galveston-Houston diocese, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a statement, calling for:

a full investigation of questions surrounding Abp. McCarrick [he had resigned his position as cardinal]. These answers are necessary to prevent a recurrence, and so help to protect minors, seminarians and others who are vulnerable in the future. We will therefore invite the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation to address these questions, in concert with a group of predominantly lay people identified for their expertise by members of the National Review Board and empowered to act.

His statement went on to promise a plan to be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November 2018. However, that was short-circuited by the Vatican. Signals that the U.S. bishops were going to be prevented from pursuing their plan were sent a few weeks earlier.

In October 2018, the Vatican said “in due course” it would “make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Abp. McCarrick” in its own report.

Delay, Delay, Delay

As the meeting was called to order, Cdl. DiNardo stunned the assembly by reading a statement from the Vatican instructing the bishops to cease all investigations and plans and discussions regarding Theodore McCarrick, as well as their new plan to sanction bishops who had abused children or failed to remove abusive priests from ministry until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February 2019.

In a revealing moment, Pope Francis’ point man in the U.S. hierarchy, Chicago Cdl. Blase Cupich, leaped to the microphone and instructed the assembled bishops to follow the directive and, essentially, move on with other business.

That announcement effectively brought to an end any further formal discussion or investigation by U.S. bishops into the life and times and crimes of Theodore McCarrick — a man to whom many of the bishops in the room owed their own episcopal consecrations.

Thomas Reese, reporting in the National Catholic Reporter, said, “From any vantage, the Vatican intervention was extremely disappointing.”

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