NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly archbishop of Newark and Washington D.C., has been defrocked by the Vatican following decades of abuse claims.
Former Newark priest Robert Hoatson, who was ordained by McCarrick in 1997, says by that time there had already been rumors for a decade.
Hoatson, who is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, said McCarrick’s defrocking is “definitely a little too late.”
Hoatson current runs a New Jersey-based organization looking to help survivors of abuse called Road to Recovery.
He says that the timing of this news may be part of an effort by the Vatican to generate some positive public relations ahead of a worldwide summit on abuse, for which Pope Francis has set low expectations.
Hoatson speculations that if Pope Francis “doesn’t do too much in Rome this week, I think people will be calling for the Pope to resign as well.”
McCarrick, 88, is the most senior church official in modern times to be laicized.