Sources are telling news outlets it will likely be released before the annual U.S. bishops meeting, slated to begin November 16.
A long-awaited Vatican report into disgraced ex-U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is expected to be released this month to coincide with an annual meeting of American bishops, Vatican sources said on Thursday.
McCarrick was expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood last year after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults and abuse of power.
Pope Francis ordered a thorough study of all documents in Holy See offices concerning McCarrick in 2018. The four U.S. dioceses where he served – New York, Metuchen, Newark, and Washington, D.C. – carried out separate investigations to feed into the Vatican report.
U.S. Catholic bishops are due to hold their annual meeting Nov. 15-19. It will be held virtually this year because of the coronavirus.
McCarrick was succeeded in his role in Washington by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who was in turn replaced by Archbishop Wilton Gregory in May 2019.
Release of the Vatican’s report next week would place its timing shortly before Gregory is due to be made a cardinal by Francis on Nov. 28.