I have read the McCarrick Report which is like reading a sex novel about homosexuality. I felt like I needed to go to confession for reading it! I have read some commentaries about it too. Some say they lament the fact that the statutes of limitation have expired and McCarrick at the age of 90 won’t be incarcerated. Others write they believe civil law suits should be brought against him to make him pay dearly for his crimes and give some sense of justice to his victims.
But everyone in the Church from the pope on down is a victim of McCarrick. He’s just one more dig at the foundation of the Church that has had a lot of digs since Vatican II. Just look at the photos of the before and after renovation of a gothic church in Indiana below this post. The liturgy for one and the other are unrecognizable as being and accomplishing the same thing. There is clearly a new identity being created that has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the previous identity.
This is my suggestion to whatever bishop, and I think it is the Bishop of Rome. EXCOMMUNICATE MCCARRICK until he repents of what he has done to his victims, not just the 17 boys and men he molested or violated sexually, but to every single Catholic in the world.
And I am using excommunication not just as punishment, but out of a concern for the salvation of his soul. Isn’t that the Church’s primary mission, saving souls from going to hell??? Justice is a part of that, lamenting this that and the other while wringing our hands is normal, but let’s have some toxic masculinity compassion from our bishops. EXCOMMUNICATE MCCARRICK, until he publicly repents and then restore him to the full communion of the Church while keeping the punishment/justice of “defrocking” him in place.
We have serious ministries to convicted killers in prison, some of them serial killers. I would hope the purpose of that is not to coddle them but to call them to repentance and prepare them for their personal judgement before Almighty God. Anything less would be another miserable failure in the Catholic Church of Vatican II.