The following is a Catholic Action League of Massachusetts press statement…
On August 30th, reporter Alice Giordano of The Epoch Times contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from C. J. Doyle regarding the dismissal of criminal charges against the defrocked former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.
On July 26, 2021, the disgraced ex-cleric was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years of age, in a criminal complaint filed by the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department.
McCarrick was arraigned in Dedham District Court, in Norfolk County, on September 3, 2021.
The complaint stemmed from a June 8, 1974 incident, where McCarrick, allegedly, committed a sexual assault on a male juvenile, 16 years old, at a wedding reception at Wellesley College. At the time, McCarrick was a domestic prelate and a secretary to the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terence Cooke.
Because he then left the Commonwealth to return to New York, the statute of limitations was suspended.
In April of 2023, McCarrick’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming he was incompetent to stand trial.
His attorneys told the court that McCarrick was examined by a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who concluded the former cardinal suffers from dementia, likely due to Alzheimer’s disease.
A forensic psychologist, engaged by the prosecution, agreed. Doctor Kerry Nelligan told the court that “significant cognitive deficits are present and, in my opinion, they cause significant impairment in his competence-related abilities.”
On August 30th, following a motion from the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, Justice Paul McCallum, of Dedham District Court, dismissed all charges against the defendant.
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:
“By any measure, Theodore McCarrick was the most depraved cleric in the history of American Catholicism.
Throughout his evil life, McCarrick revealed himself to be a moral monster, a sexual pervert, a serial predator, a posturing hypocrite, a pathological liar, a faithless priest, a worldly prelate, an ambitious careerist, an ecclesiastical modernist, a callous transgressor of solemn vows and a fawning sycophant to pro-abortion politicians—like the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
It is a pity that this fiend will not be brought to the bar of civil justice, but he awaits, in the not too distant future, a higher and more final judgement.”