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November 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Tomorrow, the long-awaited McCarrick report will be released. The report itself, which is more than 600 pages long and will have tons of footnotes, has taken years to compile.

Early indications are that it’s going to lay the blame for former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse on John Paul II and Pope Benedict instead of on Pope Francis. 

But given that Pope Francis is complicit in the McCarrick scandal, an independent report was called for here at the very least.

Indeed, it was Pope Benedict who silenced McCarrick and banned him from traveling when he first heard about the abuse, according to Archbishop Vigano. 

And yet, it was Pope Francis who lifted that ban and sought McCarrick out to implement the terrible Vatican-China deal that’s literally destroying the church there.

Last week, I spoke with Dr. Taylor Marshall about how the Vatican is going to roll out the report. We agreed that they’re going to focus on the timeline of McCarrick’s rise to power in an attempt to fault Pope Benedict and John Paul II for his abuse, and to diminish the responsibility Francis has in all of it.

In case you’ve forgotten how McCarrick came to power, let me remind you that he himself said he “found” his vocation to the priesthood in Switzerland, which is the home of the St. Gallen Mafia. 

He was named an auxiliary bishop by Paul VI in 1977. In 1981 he was named Bishop of Metuchen and in 1986 was named Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. In 2000, he was appointed Archbishop of Washington D.C., being named a Cardinal in 2001 and retiring in 2006.

It’s clear that Francis’ henchmen that wrote the McCarrick report are going to focus on this timeline and use it to say, ‘See! Francis can’t be blamed for his abuse. It was John Paul and Benedict who elevated him! If a saint like John Paul can err on such matters, then Pope Francis syrely can as well. The real fault is with those who reign before Francis came to the power in 2013!’

Damian Thompson, associated editor of The Spectator, also thinks the Vatican’s strategy will be to lay blame on Francis’ predecessors

Buckle up. Tomorrow, all cards will be on the table. God love you. 

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.

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