Statement: Vatican releases McCarrick Report

This morning, the Vatican released its report following its investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his rise through the ranks of the Catholic Church despite growing accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct. Former Cardinal McCarrick was dismissed from the clerical state in February 2019.

Read the full report (link here)

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., issued the following statement upon the public release of the report:

“This report has been anticipated for many months and I welcome the additional information which shines the light of truth onto the sins, crimes, and scandals surrounding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.  The news will most certainly be painful to all Catholic faithful and persons of good will across our nation, and here in our diocese. Nonetheless, we are more prepared than ever to combat the serious criminal threat of sexual abuse within the Church, to keep our parishes and schools safe, and to accompany any victim-survivors of abuse who come forward.  Over the coming days, I will review the full report and offer additional comment.  As I look forward to assuming the role as Chair of the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People later this month, I anticipate the report will be of critical value in informing the ongoing reform needed within our Church and making it a safer place for all God’s children, especially the least among us.”

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph takes very seriously any allegations of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults perpetrated by employees, clerics or volunteers who serve or have served in the diocese. Anyone who suspects such abuse or inappropriate behavior is encouraged to make a confidential report to the Ombudsman. In addition, if you were harmed by any person who has worked or volunteered for the diocese, no matter how long ago, the diocese wants justice to be served and to provide care and healing resources to you and your family. Please contact the Ombudsman, Joe Crayon, at 816.812.2500 or

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