Pope defrocks top US cardinal Theodore McCarrick after church found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and soliciting sex 'during confession' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Pope defrocks top US cardinal Theodore McCarrick after church found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and soliciting sex 'during confession'

Pope Francis has defrocked a former US Cardinal after the church found him guilty of sexually abusing minors.

Theodore McCarrick, 88, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a powerful figure within the Catholic Church in the U.S., was accused of sexually abusing three minors and harassing adult seminarians and priests.

He was also found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of soliciting sex while hearing confession, the Holy See said in a statement on Saturday.

An investigation last year detailed settlements paid to men who had complained of abuse when McCarrick was a Bishop in New Jersey in the 1980s.

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