What the McCarrick Report Doesn’t Tell Us

Last week saw the long-awaited report on disgraced Cardinal Theodore Mccarrick. Many of the stories are by now well known, but some of the details are painfully new, covered in over 400 pages.

I wish I could say something that would undo the pain, frustration, and discouragement that many of us are now feeling. Scandals that hurt the Body of Christ, however, can’t be wished away. We must face the news with open eyes and a willingness to “make all things new” with Our Lord.

There are many things that the report doesn’t tell you, but it underscores a guiding principle of the Global Institute of Church Management.


Financial Transparency Prevents Abuse

Curiously, the McCarrick Report omits details about financial transactions that enabled the abuse to continue for so long. He collected no salary, nor was he known to come from family of means, and yet he was able to fund a privileged lifestyle that included gifts to Vatican officials.

Back in February, the Washington Post reported that he gave nearly $1 million to the Institute of the Incarnate Word whose founder was repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct. You may recall our May webinar in which David Bender, an attorney expert in risk management, outlined the characteristics of fraud (video below). 


He also mentioned that he had never seen a case of sexual abuse that did not include money and the abuse of power. The Report clearly indicates that McCarrick abused his power. Unfortunately, it specifically declines to go into any type of financial investigation (see page 4 of the Report). 


Moving Ahead

In just a couple of weeks, we start a new Church year with Advent. We will have an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the Nativity of Our Lord and look forward to a better year ahead. I look forward to sharing with you some reflections from our team to help you in the journey.

Meanwhile, we have a lot of work to do in creating the Church that the faithful and Our Lord deserve. On December 10, we are hosting a critically important webinar, Financial Transparency in the Church: Now More Than Ever. We have some exciting guests I look forward to announcing shortly. You can register here.

We remain committed to establishing, developing, and teaching protocols for transparency. 

Pia de Solenni, SThD

Pia de Solenni, SThD

Dr. de Solenni is President & Executive Director of the Global Institute of Church Management. She is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She recently served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, California, and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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