DA talks to cardinal’s vic
Meet part of wider sex-abuse probe
Manhattan prosecutors met last month with the man who accused disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexually abusing him over two decades, apparently as part of a wider investigation of the Catholic Church scandal.
Victim James Grein sat down just before Christmas with Assistant District Attorney Sara Sullivan, who is probing both the predator priests and the alleged church coverup of the sex crimes, his attorney Patrick Noaker told The Associated Press.
The sitdown could signal a long legal look at the church’s conduct while the abuse was occurring — and in its aftermath.
Grein, who charged that he was just 11 years old when family friend McCarrick’s sexual abuse began, filed a compensation claim with the Archdiocese of New York asserting that the high-ranking church official targeted him for two decades. He was the first boy ever baptized by McCarrick.
Grein also testified before Vatican investigators about the former church big-wig, who was ordained in 1958 and moved up the church ladder to become a cardinal in 2001.
McCarrick, like most accused priests, is unlikely to face any criminal charges due to New York state statute of limitations law.
But Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., in a statement last September, made his intentions clear when it came to prosecuting victims of clergy sex abuse.
“My office will take all investigative steps necessary to ensure that justice is brought to the survivors of any such sexual abuse,” said Vance, who established a sex crimes hotline at 212-335-9373.
A Vance spokesman declined to comment on the meeting.
The allegations against McCarrick include an altar boy’s charge that he was groped inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1970s and similar accusations from church seminarians. The case raised credibility questions for Pope Francis regarding McCarrick’s behavior as rumors of his improprieties were widespread.
McCarrick, 88, lost his position as a cardinal in July, and could now be defrocked. He served as the bishop of Metuchen and the Archbishop of Newark in New Jersey before taking over as head of the diocese in Washington, D.C., in 2001
He’s living in exile at a Kansas religious residence.