In addition to tracing McCarrick's career, the report says that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who called for Pope Francis to resign over his handling of McCarrick in 2018, failed in 2012 to follow instructions to investigate allegations against McCarrick.
According to the report, Viganò wrote to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, in 2012, informing him of a lawsuit against McCarrick by a cleric identified in the report as "Priest 3." The report said that Ouellet instructed Viganò, who was then nuncio the U.S., to investigate whether the claim was credible but Vigano “did not take these steps.”
The report also touched on McCarrick's fundraising and habit of giving cash gifts to Church officials, which it said took place "over at least four decades."
It said: "Overall, the record appears to show that although McCarrick’s fundraising skills were weighed heavily, they were not determinative with respect to major decisions made relating to McCarrick, including his appointment to Washington in 2000. In addition, the examination did not reveal evidence that McCarrick’s customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See regarding McCarrick during any period."
A footnote in the report discussed McCarrick's association with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life since 2016. Farrell lived with McCarrick from 2002 to 2006, when Farrell was auxiliary bishop, vicar general, and moderator of the curian in the Washington archdiocese.
The footnote said: "In an interview, Cardinal Farrell stated that, during his time as Vicar General in the Archdiocese of Washington, he occasionally heard 'old rumors' about McCarrick having shared a bed with seminarians at a beach house when McCarrick was a bishop in New Jersey. Cardinal Farrell noted that the rumors were not about sexual activity and 'didn’t ever relate to minors.'"
"Farrell only learned of the civil settlements involving McCarrick 'through the priest grapevine' in 2007 or 2008, after Farrell had already been installed as the Bishop of Dallas. Farrell stated that it was 'an absolute shock' to learn in 2018 that there had been a credible allegation in New York that McCarrick had abused a minor."
"With respect to McCarrick’s conduct during the years he was Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Farrell stated he 'never saw or heard, ever, of any sharing of a bed, of any involvement with anybody, or anything of that nature, whether at the residence or elsewhere.' Farrell said that he 'never suspected, or ever had reason to suspect, any inappropriate conduct by McCarrick in Washington.'”
In a July 2018 interview, Farrell said he was "shocked" by revelations of abuse against McCarrick.
“I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before in the six years I was there with him,” he said.
Included in the report is testimony from a woman from the New York area, identified in the report as "Mother 1," who said she sent in the mid-1980s anonymous letters to members of the Church hierarchy about McCarrick's behavior with minors.
The report says no originals or copies of the letters were located in the Vatican, the US nunciature, or the Archdiocese of New York, and no references to the letters were found in any documentation.
In interviews for the report, the woman told the Holy See, she met McCarrick in the early 1970s, and he became a frequent visitor to her family's home.
"Mother 1" reported sensing McCarrick "had a strange interest in boys" and that she witnessed him touching them in inappropriate ways, such as on their inner thighs, or rubbing her son's chest.
In an interview, she said "the first time I had a conflict with [McCarrick] was when one of my sons was going to the first dance of his freshman year [in high school]. And Ted did not want him to go to the dance, insisting that my son “owed him” and that he should go away on a weekend trip with Ted.
According to the report, the woman said McCarrick introduced her sons to alcohol on overnight trips.
"Mother 1" stated that she felt McCarrick posed a danger, but because of his position, and the ways McCarrick gave favors and made people feel special, she was worried about retaliation for reporting him.
In the mid-1980s, the woman wrote a letter warning Church hierarchy about McCarrick's behavior with children, the report states. She sent handwritten identical copies of the letter to each of the U.S. cardinals and to the papal nuncio.