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Pope allows study of Vatican archives into McCarrick scandal

Francis has said he would not say a word about the allegations.

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Pope Francis (Danny LAwson/PA)

Pope Francis (Danny LAwson/PA)

Pope Francis (Danny LAwson/PA)

Pope Francis has authorised a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with young priests.

The Vatican issued a statement saying it was aware that such an investigation may produce evidence “that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues”.

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Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune/AP)

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune/AP)

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Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune/AP)

However, it said the Vatican would “follow the path of truth wherever it may lead”.

The statement did not address allegations that Francis himself knew of sexual misconduct allegations against now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 and rehabilitated him anyway.

Francis has said he would not say a word about those allegations.

The Vatican knew as early as 2000 that seminarians reported McCarrick pressured them to sleep with him.

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