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2006 letter confirms Vatican obtained criticism about ex-cardinal

VATICAN CITY — A 2006 letter from a prime Vatican official confirms that the Holy See obtained data in 2000 in regards to the sexual misconduct of a now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up on the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic Information Service, the information company of the U.S. bishops’ convention, printed the letter Friday from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri to the Rev. Boniface Ramsay, a New York priest who made the preliminary allegation.

Ramsay knowledgeable the Vatican in a November 2000 letter about then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick‘s misconduct with seminarians from Seton Corridor College’s Immaculate Conception Seminary. Ramsay, who in 2000 was on the school on the seminary, has stated he despatched the letter on the request of the then-Vatican ambassador as a result of he had heard so many complaints from seminarians that McCarrick would invite them to his seaside home and into his mattress. 

Ramsey informed “CBS This Morning” in August that he had the “impression that just about everybody knew about it.”

Sandri, now a top-ranked Vatican cardinal who was the No. three within the Vatican’s secretariat of state on the time, wrote Ramsay on Oct. 11, 2006, searching for his advice for a former seminarian for a Vatican job. 

In it, he referred to Ramsay’s 2000 letter, saying: “I ask with specific reference to the intense issues involving among the college students of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, which in November 2000 you have been ok to convey confidentially to the eye of the then-Apostolic Nuncio in the USA, the late Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo.” 

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, on the heart of a storm rocking Pope Francis’ papacy, cited Ramsay’s 2000 letter in his personal expose of a cover-up in regards to the McCarrick affair. He named Sandri amongst an extended listing of Vatican officers who knew about McCarrick’s penchant for seminarians. Vigano additionally accused Francis of figuring out in 2013 of McCarrick’s misconduct however of rehabilitating him from sanctions purportedly imposed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Sandri’s letter is important as a result of it corroborates Ramsay’s story in addition to Vigano’s claims. It exhibits the Vatican knew about allegations towards McCarrick in 2000, a 12 months earlier than St. John Paul II made him a cardinal. And it additional implicates the Benedict’s papacy for failing to take motion towards McCarrick for years at the same time as extra allegations towards him arrived.

Vigano says Benedict ultimately imposed some type of sanction on McCarrick in 2009 or 2010, almost a decade after Ramsay’s letter arrived. The truth that Sandri cited it so readily suggests it wasn’t misplaced in a pile of unread mail someplace, however was related even for a easy job reference.

Considerably, Sandri appeared extra involved in regards to the sexual purity of the seminarian-candidate than that McCarrick may need sexually abused or harassed him, or abused his energy over him.

McCarrick resigned as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation decided an accusation that he groped a teenage altar boy within the 1970s was credible. Since then a number of seminarians have come ahead to say he routinely bedded them, or harassed them once they refused.

His lawyer has stated the accusations are severe and that McCarrick seems ahead to invoking his proper to due course of on the proper time.

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