Vatican City, Jul 28, 2018 / 03:23 am
Saturday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishops Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, and suspended him from the exercise of any public ministry.
Pope Francis accepted McCarrick's resignation from the cardinalate July 28 and applied a suspension a divinis, which according to canon 1333 in the Code of Canon Law, prohibits him from acts of the power of order and governance and from the exercise of the rights or functions attached to his office.
The pope also directed McCarrick to observe "a life of prayer and penance in seclusion" until the end of the canonical process against him, stated a July 28 press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, responded to the Pope's actions in a Saturday morning statement.