The statement said he was obliged to “remain in a house yet to be indicated to him … until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”
The announcement follows the Vatican’s decision to remove McCarrick from public ministry, in light of what law enforcement described as “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor while he was working as a priest in New York.
As the Vatican made its announcement last month, Roman Catholic Church officials in New Jersey revealed that the 87-year-old cardinal had also been accused of sexual misconduct by adults three times in the past. Two of those accusations resulted in secret settlements, officials said.
In response to the announcements last month, McCarrick denied wrongdoing and said he was “shocked” when he learned of the allegation involving a minor some months ago. He added that he supported a thorough investigation by the police and the Archdiocese of New York.
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