Ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s most well-known abuse victim responds to laicization (full statement)
ROME, February 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Following today’s news that the Vatican has laicized disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, for crimes against minors and adults, Mr. James Grein — McCarrick’s most well-known victim – has issued the following statement through this lawyer.
Mr. Grein, who was sexually abused by Theodore McCarrick from age 11, bravely came forward in July to tell his story in a New York Times article, revealing only his first name. Then in November, James, now in his 60s, spoke at a rally outside the USCCB fall meeting in Baltimore, revealing his full name. The Vatican sought Mr. Grein’s testimony, which was vital to the verdict as McCarrick sexually abused him during Confession — a particularly grave crime according to canon law.
Statement of James Grein
(Sexual abuse victim of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick)
For years I have suffered, as many others have, at the hands of Theodore McCarrick. It is with profound sadness that I have had to participate in the canonical trial of my abuser. Nothing can give me back my childhood and I have not taken any pleasure in testifying or discussing what happened to me. There are no winners here. With that said, Today I am happy that the Pope believed me. I am hopeful now I can pass through my anger for the last time. I hope that Cardinal McCarrick will no longer be able to use the power of Jesus’ Church to manipulate families and sexually abuse children.
This great historical and holy situation is giving rise to all Catholics and victims of abuse across the world. It’s is time for us to cleanse the church. Our Lady’s work is in process.
McCarrick has haunted the church for the last 50 years. A church which has been cut off from Jesus. Run by men who have chosen to worship money, power, greed. The exact opposite of God’s Holy Teaching.
This has to change. It’s Jesus’ Church – I want to return.
I must thank my family for without their belief and guidance I would be somewhere else. I must thank my lawyer Patrick Noaker for helping me through the legal world. I must thank the important journalists who have listened to me and believed me.
We must continue to pressure state AG’s and senators to open the statutes of limitations. It’s these SOLs that has kept all of the abuse hidden from us. Hundreds of priests, bishops and cardinals are hiding behind man made law. It is Time that we opened the books and expose the pure evil of these men.
Again, it is Jesus’ Church – I want to return.
Stand Up For Jesus and walk with me
Jesus is my savior