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The Vatican rejected lay experts' determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapped the retired bishop on the wrist for what it called "flagrant" imprudent behavior.
As the public sifted through the dense and detailed document on ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, abuse survivors and their advocates called it an important moment that must lead to further action and investigations.
Catholics in the U.S. and beyond hope the Vatican report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will provide answers as to how he ascended church ranks unchecked, while abusing minors and seminarians.
Pope Francis continued cleaning house in Poland on Aug. 13 following revelations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing the powerful archbishop of Gdansk on his 75th birthday.