Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2020 / 13:00 pm
Disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick's coat of arms has been erased from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.
The former cardinal was laicized in 2019 after being found guilty of numerous crimes, including the sexual abuse of minors and adults. McCarrick's coat of arms had previously been displayed on the wall of the cathedral along with the other archbishops who have led the archdiocese.
Following his laicization, McCarrick's shield, which also displayed his name and the years in which he served as Archbishop of Washington, was first covered and then removed from the wall, creating a gap in the display of coats of arms.
The display has now been altered so that there is no gap between the arms of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who led the archdiocese after McCarrick, and Cardinal James Hickey, who preceded him.