ENDNOTE: RIP the institutional “Catholic Church” in the USA?



The Observer 
Pope defrocks ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick over abuse claims
Ex-archbishop of Washington DC is most senior figure to be removed from priesthood in modern times
Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent @harrietsherwood
Sat 16 Feb 2019 06.18 ESTLast modified on Sat 16 Feb 2019 06.52 EST

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A former Roman Catholic archbishop and cardinal has been dismissed from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing minors in a sign of an increasingly hardline stance taken by the church.

Theodore McCarrick, 88, one of the prominent figures in the church, was defrocked just days before an unprecedented global summit of bishops to discuss child sexual abuse is convened by the Vatican.

The Vatican’s move makes McCarrick the most senior figure to be removed from the priesthood in modern times. He will no longer be permitted to act as a cleric, and is forbidden to celebrate the sacraments except to grant absolution for sins to a person close to death. Only excommunication is a more severe punishment.

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Is this the harbinger of the end of the institutional “Catholic Church” in the USA?

Stories abound about both the Vatican and local “Catholic Churches” with abuse and homosexuality.

I mourn the loss of the “Church” in civil society as a counter-balance to the Gooferment which wants to become the sheeple’s “god”.

Sorry but a lot of good people have been hurt by these “revelations”.

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