US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick quits amid sexual abuse scandal, first cardinal in living memory to lose his red hat and title

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the US Catholic Church’s most prominent figures who has been at the centre of a widening sexual abuse scandal. McCarrick is the first cardinal in living memory to lose his red hat and title.

Other cardinals who have been disciplined in sexual abuse scandals kept their membership in the College of Cardinals and their honorific “your eminence”.

The allegations against McCarrick, which first surfaced publicly last month, came with Francis facing an image crisis on a second front, in Chile, where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the church in the Latin American country.

Source: US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick quits amid sexual abuse scandal | PerthNow