Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 11, 2020 / 15:00 pm
The Vatican’s Nov. 10 McCarrick Report has raised new questions about the finances of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and his use of the Archbishop’s Fund, an account he maintained for charitable purposes, first in Newark and then in Washington, D.C.
In particular, the report notes that McCarrick contributed thousands of dollars to settle a claim, with the money likely coming from his discretionary charitable fund.
In 2005, while McCarrick was Archbishop of Washington, “it appears that he sent $10,000 to the Diocese of Metuchen at the time that [a settlement and nondisclosure agreement] was entered into, and that the amount was intended as a contribution to the Diocese’s settlement with Priest 2,” who reported being among those McCarrick took to his beach house in New Jersey, according to the Vatican report.
The source of that $10,000 is not explained in the report. The report says in several places that McCarrick did not draw a diocesan salary or pension. A layman who reviewed McCarrick’s tax returns in Washington told the Vatican that the former cardinal “never showed any income from the diocese at all.”