FILE – In this Apr 23, 2002 record print Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of a Archdiocese of Washington, waves as he arrives during a Vatican in a limousine. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 a Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while conference Confession. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University has rescinded an titular grade it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked final week after being convicted by a Vatican of intimately abusing minors and adult seminarians.
Georgetown President John J. DeGioia pronounced Tuesday that it is “the initial time an titular grade conferred by a University has been revoked.”
DeGioia says Georgetown and other Roman Catholic and Jesuit institutions have been called on “to emanate a context in that a abuse of energy can be identified and eliminated.”
The 88-year-old McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is a highest-ranking churchman and a initial principal to be punished by exclusion from a ecclesiastic state, or laicization.
He was told Friday of a decision, that was authorized by Pope Francis.