Last Tuesday, the Vatican released the long awaited “McCarrick report” covering the Vatican’s official review of documents and witness spanning laicized McCarrick’s 40-year career including his egregious, scandalous, and predatory behavior against minors and seminarians.
This same report now is said to show McCarrick deceived the late Pope Saint John Paul II in order to gain his appointment as archbishop of Washington.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in a statement:
“Reading the document will show that all procedures, including the appointment of bishops, depend on the commitment and honesty of the people concerned. These are pages that encourage us to reflect deeply and ask ourselves what more we can do in the future, learning from the painful experiences of the past.”
President of the Polish Bishop’s Conference Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said in a statement:
“Before McCarrick’s nomination to Washington, the Pope did not receive full and complete information about his moral behavior from the American bishops, and McCarrick himself lied—in a letter of 6 August 2000—, saying that he had no sexual relations with anyone. The case of ex-Cardinal McCarrick is also harmful to St. John Paul II, who was cynically deceived by him.”