Bishop David Zubik celebrates the first Rite of Consecration of Virgins Living in the World in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on May 31, 2015 in Gipsonia, Pa.

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Bishop David Zubik Releases Statement on Pope Francis’ decision to dismiss Theodore McCarrick

McCarrick’s dismissal announcement occurred after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.

February 16, 2019 - 2:57 pm
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PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) – Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik released a statement Saturday in reaction to Pope Francis' decision to dismiss former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick.

“Pope Francis’ action to dismiss the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, demonstrates the pope’s commitment to protect the faithful from clergy who sexually abuse minors or vulnerable adults. This is the most severe action that the Church can take against a priest, removing him involuntarily from all the rights, obligations and recognition of priesthood.  I ask all Catholics to pray for those who were harmed by the former archbishop or by anyone representing the Church. Their courage in speaking out to seek justice will, with God’s guidance and grace, make us a better, more holy Church.”

McCarrick’s dismissal announcement occurred after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.

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According to the Associate Press, “McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking Catholic churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title. He is the first churchman who reached the rank of cardinal to be defrocked in the church's sex abuse scandals.”

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