Case against former Cardinal in abuse scandal coming to a head

According to an analysis by Ed Condon out of Vatican City, the case of accused former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is being handled by an administrative penal process within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) that is expected to conclude this week and submit its findings for final judgement by Pope Francis.

If Pope Francis makes the final judgement and assigns a penalty, there will be no room for an appeal. The decision will be final.

McCarrick is currently living in a small religious institution in Kansas. If he is laicized — that is, stripped of being a priest — then he will have to shift for himself without support from the Church other than what any layman could expect.

The decision is expected to be announced prior to a scheduled meeting of bishops in Rome in February.