DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Reports suggest ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick may be defrocked.
According to Spanish language news service Vida Nueva, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will be meeting next week in order to decide McCarrick's fate before this month's sex abuse summit at the Vatican.
Vatican sources are telling Reuters that McCarrick will be defrocked and that Pope Francis wants the case closed.
The news first broke in June 2018 when the archdiocese of New York released a statement disclosing that McCarrick abused a minor more than 45 years ago when he was a priest in New York.
But priests, fellow bishops and seminarians had known for decades that he was a serial homosexual predator, having countless liaisons with priests and seminarians while he was bishop of Metuchen and archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.
Unsealed court documents revealed that for decades, McCarrick had countless homosexual liaisons with priests and seminarians. Sometimes the participants were willing but other times they were not.
But despite many priests, seminarians and fellow bishops knowing of McCarrick's decades-long predatory behavior, it wasn't until June 2018 that his faculties were officially suspended. In July, Pope Francis removed him from the College of Cardinals and assigned him to a life of prayer and penance.