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“Devourer of Souls.”

Years ago, UD watched Theodore McCarrick, then Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC, preside over some fancy schmancy ecumenical event in a stately church in the city. She vividly recalls looking at the people around her, wondering how she could be the only one in the pews who perceived the patent smugness, arrogance, and insincerity of this man.

This, she remembers thinking, is one of the highest-ranking priests in the world??

Now everyone knows what UD sensed and so much more; but so prodigious a rapist of young men was the archbishop that new accounts and lawsuits keep emerging.

A 2019 lawsuit from James Grein claimed that he was abused by McCarrick for 20 years but nothing was done about it, even after he told Pope John Paul II during a visit to the Vatican.


[A] blog post written by a former priest secretary of Mr. McCarrick’s, K. Bartholomew Smith, … labeled the disgraced cardinal “a devourer of souls.”

Margaret Soltan, July 23, 2020 3:26AM
Posted in: forms of religious experience

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  1. University Diaries » ‘[T]he victim said [former Cardinal Theodore] McCarrick allegedly pulled him aside and told him, “Your dad wants you to come with me and have a talk. You’re being mischievous at home and not attending church. W Says:

    […] Fond memories of the man here. […]

  2. University Diaries » She was fragile, confused, psychologically frail; but she called out the Catholic church for its many vile sex scandals long before almost anyone else. As a result, the NYT points out, she suffered fierce and grotesquely hypocri Says:

    […] McCarrick didn’t unload on O’Connor. He’s in the article to remind you just how bad it was, and how right O’Connor was. […]

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