McCar­rick ac­cuser co­op­er­ates with prose­cu­tors on abuse

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NATION/WORLD -

The key ac­cuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Car­di­nal Theodore McCar­rick has met with New York City prose­cu­tors, ev­i­dence that the scan­dal that has con­vulsed the pa­pacy is now part of the broader U.S. law en­force­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.

James Grein gave tes­ti­mony last month to Man­hat­tan As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Sara Sul­li­van, who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a range of is­sues re­lated to clergy abuse and the sys­tem­atic cover-up by church su­pe­ri­ors, Grein’s at­tor­ney, Patrick Noaker, told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The de­vel­op­ment is sig­nif­i­cant, given that the Vat­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tion against McCar­rick has al­ready cre­ated a cred­i­bil­ity cri­sis for the Catholic hi­er­ar­chy in­clud­ing Pope Fran­cis, since it was ap­par­ently an open se­cret that McCar­rick slept with adult sem­i­nar­i­ans. Grein’s tes­ti­mony in­cludes al­le­ga­tions that McCar­rick, a for­mer fam­ily friend, also groomed and abused him start­ing when he was 11.

Grein met with Sul­li­van be­fore Christ­mas af­ter fil­ing a claim with the New York City arch­dio­cese al­leg­ing that McCar­rick, the re­tired arch­bishop of Washington, first ex­posed him­self when Grein was 11 and con­tin­ued abus­ing him for some two decades, in­clud­ing dur­ing con­fes­sion, Noaker said.

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