Cardinal McCarrick Removed From Public Ministry Over Sexual Abuse Claim

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NEW YORK (AP) — The retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry over allegations he sexually abused a teenager in New York more than 40 years ago.

The Roman Catholic church said Wednesday that the allegations against 87-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were found to be “credible” and that Pope Francis ordered his removal.

McCarrick said in a statement released through the church that he accepted the decision but is innocent and has no recollection of abusing anyone.

He was archbishop in Washington from 2000 to 2006 and a priest in New York from 1958 to 1981.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the New York archdiocese knew of no other such allegations against McCarrick.

The Newark Archdiocese, where McCarrick was a bishop, said it previously settled two allegations of sexual misconduct involving adults.

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