Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 16, 2020 / 13:30 pm
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., called for transparency after the Vatican’s release of the McCarrick Report last week.
In a statement on Monday, Archbishop Gregory, who will be made a cardinal by Pope Francis later this month, called the report’s release on Nov. 10 “a step forward, albeit much delayed” in examining Theodore McCarrick’s rise to becoming a cardinal, and the need for “accountability” among bishops.
Gregory said that the Church must overcome “challenges to our integrity” to move forward, which “will require time and transparency, contrition and commitment, prayer and reconciliation, authenticity and humility.”
The McCarrick Report, published last Tuesday, covers the Church’s “institutional knowledge and decision-making” regarding Theodore McCarrick, the former American cardinal who was laicized in 2019 after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of “sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
McCarrick was also found guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession.”
In his statement on Monday, Gregory said that he “began reading” the report with an eye toward “how our beleaguered Archdiocese would be portrayed,” but soon realized that it needed to be read with McCarrick’s victims as the primary focus.
The report “demands to be viewed through the eyes of the survivors and their loved ones without prejudice to where they may have first encountered Theodore McCarrick or where they may be today,” Gregory said.
McCarrick led the Diocese of Metuchen and Archdiocese of Newark, both in New Jersey, before becoming Archbishop of Washington in 2001. He retired in 2006.