He has reaped the whirlwind. The Vatican has released a terse announcement that former Cardinal McCarrick is now Mister Theodore Edgar McCarrick.
Mr. McCarrick has been defrocked, dismissed. “Uncle Ted” has been released to make his own way in the world that so bedazzled him.
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. On 13 February 2019, the Ordinary Session (Feria IV) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considered the recourse he presented against this decision. Having examined the arguments in the recourse, the Ordinary Session confirmed the decree of the Congresso. This decision was notified to Theodore McCarrick on 15 February 2019. The Holy Father has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse).
The long-delayed meeting of bishops convenes next week at the Vatican. I pray that something good comes of it, and that the dismissal of McCarrick is not the last disciplinary action taken.