Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a distinguished US cardinal who’s accused of sexually abusing a young person practically 5 a long time in the past, the Vatican stated Saturday. Theodore McCarrick, the previous archbishop of Washington, was faraway from the ministry in June after a assessment board discovered there was ‘credible’ proof that he had assaulted the teenager whereas working as a priest in New York within the early 70s. ‘Yesterday night the Holy Father acquired the letter during which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, introduced his resignation as a member of the School of Cardinals,’ the Vatican stated in an announcement Saturday. ‘Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the train of any public ministry, along with the duty to stay in a home but to be indicated to him, for a lifetime of prayer and penance till the accusations made in opposition to him are examined in a daily canonical trial.’ Distinguished US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 88, has resigned from the School of Cardinals following a number of allegations that he sexually abused teenage boys and adults McCarrick, 88, is among the most distinguished American cardinals energetic on the worldwide stage and the costs make him one of the high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims. Though he has formally retired, McCarrick has continued to journey overseas often, together with to defend human rights points. McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and rose via the ranks within the Archdiocese of New York earlier than being put in as archbishop of Washington in 2001, a put up he held till 2006. The claims in opposition to him have been made public in June by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the present archbishop of New York. Dolan stated an unbiased forensic company ‘completely investigated’ the allegation. A assessment board that included jurists, regulation enforcement specialists, dad and mom, psychologists, a priest and a non secular sister then ‘discovered the allegations credible and substantiated’ and the Vatican ordered McCarrick to cease exercising his priestly ministry. On the time, McCarrick launched an announcement sustaining his innocence however added that he ‘totally cooperated’ within the investigation. Senior US church officers stated they’d acquired three allegations of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct with adults a long time in the past, two of which resulted in settlements.