Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Updated: 3:13 pm
Pope Francis’ action to dismiss the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, demonstrates the pope’s commitment to protect the faithful from clergy who sexually abuse minors or vulnerable adults. This is the most severe action that the church can take against a priest, removing him involuntarily from all the rights, obligations and recognition of priesthood. I ask all Catholics to pray for those who were harmed by the former archbishop or by anyone representing the church. Their courage in speaking out to seek justice will, with God’s guidance and grace, make us a better, more holy church.