Vatican admits mistakes, denies cover-up of US ex-cardinal abuse

Vatican City (AFP) – The Vatican on Tuesday denied covering up sexual abuse committed by a US ex-cardinal, admitting papal mistakes but saying Theodore McCarrick’s crimes had for years been nothing but rumours.A 450-page report on who knew what — and whether three consecutive popes overlooked McCarrick’s abuse of at least one teenage boy and a number of male seminarians — said Polish pope John Paul II had ignored warnings the cleric was toxic.But it also accused senior US clergy of providing “inaccurate and incomplete information to the Holy See” about McCarrick’s behaviour.The influential f…

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