NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Another prelate is now wrong about the timing of the Vatican's McCarrick report.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York joins a chorus of ecclesiastical dignitaries who have erred in their claims that the Holy See's promised McCarrick report would be published on a given date.
Dolan alleged in early August that the Vatican would publish its investigation into disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick later that month.
August is over.
Since Pope Francis promised an investigation into the notorious homosexual pederast in October 2018, cardinals and bishops have been assuring the faithful the report was forthcoming.
"The intention is to publish the Holy See's response soon, if not before Christmas, soon in the new year," said Cdl. Sean O’Malley of Boston in November 2018.
In early February, Vatican secretary of state Cdl. Pietro Parolin said, "I think that [the report] will come out soon, I cannot tell you exactly when." He assured the group of journalists he was addressing the document would be published "in the near future."
After what many call the "summer of shame" — July 2018, when credible allegations of McCarrick's abuse became public and Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò's first testimony in August 2018 — Cdl. Blase Cupich of Chicago attempted to deflect questions about the pope's responsibility to be forthcoming about corruption with the faithful.
"The Pope has a bigger agenda," he said. "He's got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We're not going to go down a rabbit hole on this."
Then about one month later in October 2018, the Holy See was forced to address the disgraced McCarrick.
"The Holy See will, in due course, make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Archbishop McCarrick," reads the Vatican's announcement on Oct. 6, 2018.
The pontiff "has decided that information gathered during the preliminary investigation be combined with a further thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick," continues the communiqué.
The statement adds, "It may emerge that choices were made that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: 'We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead' (Philadelphia, 27 September 2015)."
While the timing or reality of the McCarrick report remains unknown, lawyers are producing their own investigative reports.
Three lawsuits pending in New Jersey name McCarrick as an abuser. The most recent claims the disgraced former prelate ran a sex ring from his beach house in Sea Girt. According to that lawsuit, other pederast clergy predators procured victims in an operation overseen by McCarrick, whom they called "the boss."