Vatican City, Aug 6, 2019 / 07:14 am
Letters from Theodore McCarrick to his abuse victims were published Tuesday by the Associated Press, in advance of a promised Vatican report on a Church investigation into the life of the former bishop.
"I just wanted to say thank you for coming on Friday evening. I really enjoyed our night. You're a great kid and I know the Lord will continue to bless you. You are very much in my prayers," McCarrick wrote in 1987 letter to a seminarian in his diocese after the former bishop had reportedly groped him.
"We have an almost full house, and by tomorrow the couches and maybe the floor will be taken - but we would have made room even for a big guy like you," McCarrick wrote in another letter to the same seminarian.
"I'm sorry you weren't able to come. It would have been good to have a visit with you. If you have some time in October during the break, some of the sems might be coming away for a couple of days fishing with me. Let me know if you're interested," McCarrick wrote in the undated letter, apparently written from one of the ex-bishop's trips with his seminarians.