Cardinal defrocked for sexual abuse gave more than $600K to popes, Vatican officials

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 27th, 2019 1:21 pm

The first Catholic cardinal to be defrocked over sexual abuse allegations sent more than $600,000 to clergy in the Catholic church over a period of two decades, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.

Theodore McCarrick was defrocked in 2018 after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting sex during confession and committing "sins" with minors and adults "with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power."

McCarrick paid the money out of a fund known as the "Archbishop's Special Fund," which took in more than $6 million over 17 years. Although millions went to Catholic charities around the world, more than 200 checks also went to leaders in the church.

The since-defrocked cardinal reportedly sent $90,000 to Pope John Paul II between 2001 and 2005. He also sent $291,000 to Pope Benedict XVI.

Representatives declined to comment on the checks. Experts say that the money could have been sent to papal charities.


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