McCarrick denied the claims, but the archdiocese of NY found the allegation "credible and substantiated" and turned the case over to the Vatican for investigation.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found him "guilty" of "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", a Vatican statement said on Saturday. It added that Pope Francis ruled there is no possibility of appealing the decision.
One day after Pope Francis defrocked former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Catholics in our area are responding to the historic decision amid the church's sex abuse crisis. This decision was notified to Theodore McCarrick on 15 February 2019.
The pope "recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accordance with (church) law, rendering it as 'res iudicata, '" the Vatican said, using the Latin phrase for admitting no further recourse.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, whose own credibility in handling clergy abuse cases has recently been questioned, in a statement on Saturday called the punishment of a once-powerful American prelate "a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated". He was also the priest who helped bury Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009, reading out excerpts of a letter from Kennedy to Benedict XVI at the graveside.
Today he is based at a secluded friary in Victoria, Kansas, in the United States, where has been ordered to live a life of prayer and penance.
Several men then said McCarrick forced them into sex at a beach house in New Jersey while they were studying for the priesthood.
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Richard Blumenthal of CT said the first meeting led to "a stark and stunning lack of any action [or] progress". These capabilities continue to hold the United States, the Republic of Korea and our regional allies at risk".
"For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgment will be one small step, among many, toward healing".
McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and rose through the ranks in the Archdiocese of NY before being installed as archbishop of Washington in 2001, a post he held until 2006. The committee also calls for a full investigation into the allegations against McCarrick and the Church's response to these allegations.
The former cardinal has said he has "absolutely no recollection" of an alleged case of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago, reported Reuters news agency.
Patrick Noaker, the attorney for the former altar boy who made the accusation against McCarrick, said in June that his client was molested twice by McCarrick, once in 1971 and again the following year.
August 25 - Archbishop Carlo Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio to the US, releases a "testament" claiming that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.
The McCarrick ruling was announced ahead of next week's meeting at the Vatican between the heads of national Catholic Churches and Vatican officials, including Scicluna, on the global abuse crisis.
The removal of McCarrick from the priesthood contrasts with the treatment of the late Austrian Cardinal Hans Herman Groer, the former Archbishop of Vienna, who in 1995 was accused of sexually abusing young boys.
Ms Collins, who was a former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), said the church has too often kicked the can down the road - but eventually, "you get to the end of the road and you have pile of cans". "It shows procedures are in place, even when it concerns a cardinal".