Today's First reading alerted me to the sad fact McCarrick's canonical punishment would be announced today.
The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden,to till the ground from which he had been taken.When he expelled the man,he settled him east of the garden of Eden;and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword,to guard the way to the tree of life. - GN 3:9-24
Expelled from the clerical state.
“On 11 January 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power. The Congresso imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state,” the statement form the congregation explained.
The ex-cardinal then appealed this decision but was told on the 15 February that the decision to laicise him was definitive.
“The Holy Father has recognised the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse).” - source
Today I pray for McCarrick. Imagine such a fall from grace, to have gained the whole world, to have your reputation and honor stripped from you. Imagine those who supported and protected and covered for him - how shameful. Sharing the lies, participating in the charade. How infinitely sad.
I pray for McCarrick.
Adam: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel.