The resignation of prominent 88-year-old US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington has been accepted by Pope Francis.
McCarrick is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago and has already been suspended from ministry duties.
The Vatican said in a statement on Saturday that the pope had received a letter in which McCarrick presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.
“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the statement added.
The prominent Cardinal was relieved of his duties in June after a review board found there was “credible” evidence that he had assaulted a 16-year-old boy while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s.