McCar­rick ac­cuser co­op­er­ates with NYC pros­e­cu­tors

Yuma Sun - - OBITUARIES -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — 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 broad 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, how­ever, in­cludes al­le­ga­tions that McCar­rick, a for­mer fam­ily friend, also groomed and abused him start­ing when he was 11.

The Man­hat­tan Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice launched a hot­line last year and in­vited vic­tims to re­port even decades-old sex abuse, say­ing it would pur­sue “any and all in­ves­tiga­tive leads” to en­sure jus­tice.

Grein met with Sul­li­van be­fore Christ­mas af­ter fil­ing a com­pen­sa­tion 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. The church’s com­pen­sa­tion pro­ce­dures re­quire that vic­tims no­tify the dis­trict at­tor­ney of their al­le­ga­tions, which Grein did on Nov. 1.

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