Nov. 10 (UPI) — Defrocked Cardinal and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick says Pope John Paul II elevated him within the Catholic Church practically 20 years in the past although he knew about accusations of sexual misconduct, a Vatican report mentioned Tuesday.

The 461-page report mentioned the previous pope elevated McCarrick to cardinal in 2001 regardless of information of the quite a few accusations.

The accusations say McCarrick had sexual contact with at the very least one priest and a number of youngsters. In addition they say he shared his mattress with younger grownup males and, later, grownup seminarians at a seaside home in New Jersey.

McCarrick, 90, who served for years within the 2000s because the church’s Archbishop in Washington, D.C., denied the accusations to Pope John Paul II across the flip of the century. He retired as archbishop in 2006 however remained as a cardinal till 2018.

“On the time of McCarrick’s appointment, and partially due to the restricted nature of the [Vatican’s] personal prior investigations, [we] had by no means obtained a grievance instantly from a sufferer, whether or not grownup or minor, about McCarrick’s misconduct,” the report states.

“Because of this, McCarrick’s supporters may plausibly characterize the allegations towards him as ‘gossip’ or ‘rumors.'”

McCarrick continued denying the claims after they continued into the interval of church management by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, in accordance with the evaluation, and Pope Francis did not obtain any paperwork about accusations involving McCarrick till 2017.

In July, McCarrick and different clerics had been sued by a person who accused them of sexual abuse and mentioned they had been a part of a “intercourse ring” that operated out of a New Jersey seaside home within the early 1980s.

The swimsuit mentioned McCarrick and 5 different officers used the seaside home to abuse younger boys in 1982 and 1983.

Two months earlier, a sequence of leaked emails indicated that McCarrick had been disciplined by the church over previous accusations of misconduct however he nonetheless allowed to journey and work beneath Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.

Former Vatican diplomat Carlo Maria Vigano mentioned Francis was conscious of restrictions positioned on McCarrick after he was accused of sleeping with seminarians.

In 2019, McCarrick was discovered responsible by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors and dismissed from the clergy. On the time, he grew to become the highest-ranking Catholic official in the USA to be expelled throughout over long-running accusations of intercourse abuse inside the church.