SEX ABUSE: Pope Francis accepts resignation of US Cardinal

SEX ABUSE: Pope Francis accepts resignation of US Cardinal

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.

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“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.

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