WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Journalist George Neumayr located the residence of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and afterwards confronted the archdiocesan spokesman.
The 5,000-square-foot, two-story home is located at 4110 Warren Street, Washington, D.C., across the street from American University Law School. It has nine bedrooms and five bathrooms and is worth $2.3 million, according to a real estate site, and has been owned by the archdiocese for decades, going back to the time of Cdl. William Baum.
The maid allowed Neumayr entry, where a brief conversation ensued, the woman claiming neither McCarrick nor Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville live there — a claim contradicted by Dorsonville himself when he arrived at the house.
"I saw Wuerl's auxiliary bishop park his car in the garage and walk inside," Neumayr wrote on his Facebook page. "'I live here,' he said to me." Dorsonville then left the house, driving away and refusing further comment.
Appointed by Pope Francis, Dorsonville was consecrated auxiliary bishop by Cdl. Donald Wuerl in 2015, and co-consecrated by close papal advisor Cdl. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, and serves as episcopal moderator for the Hispanic community. He was born in Colombia, originally ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Bogotá. Dorsonville has been in the Washington archdiocese since at least 1992.
Two months after the announcement of his suspension, McCarrick remains at the heart of a scandal that has rocked the Vatican, after former papal nuncio Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò published a statement Sunday claiming Pope Francis covered up McCarrick's sex abuse, reversing sanctions imposed on him by Benedict.
Since the bombshell testimony, papal allies have sought to discredit Viganò, while a number of respected cardinals and bishops have come forward in his defense, vouching for his integrity. Church Militant has received independent corroboration from two cardinals that Viganò's testimony is entirely true.
Archdiocesan spokesman Ed McFadden later arrived to the house, scolding Neumayr for his presence. The confrontation was caught on video and shared on Neumayr's Twitter feed.
When asked whether McCarrick was inside, McFadden contradicted himself, first saying he did not know, and later flatly denying he was there.
"Now, Teddy McCarrick's in there. Can we interview Teddy McCarrick?" Neumayr asked.
"I don't know if he's in there or not," McFadden said.
"Bishop Dorsonville said that he lives here; he parked in the garage," said Neumayr.
"No, he didn't," McFadden retorted, turning toward the house.
"We need answers from Theodore McCarrick," Neumayr insisted. "We want to know from Theodore McCarrick if Cdl. Wuerl knew about his misconduct. We deserve answers. The abuse victims deserve answers, Ed."
Demanding that McFadden be honest, Neumayr asked again whether McCarrick was inside, and the spokesman answered "no" and walked away.
After McFadden left with the maid, lights came on in the upstairs bedroom, consistent with a television, indicating someone was inside. Neumayr told Church Militant Dorsonville returned to the house and went in.
Viganò's testimony implicating the pope also named Wuerl as someone who "lies shamelessly" and who knew of McCarrick's sanctions, yet allowed him access to seminarians by giving him quarters at Mater Redemptoris Seminary, until Benedict forced him out. Wuerl has denied the charges, but has since remained tightlipped, canceling his regular appearance at the opening Mass for archdiocesan schools this week, and, according to sources, departing for Rome.