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Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the priesthood following allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said on February 16. ROME, ITALY (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2013) (REUTERS) (WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY) CARDINAL THEODORE MCCARRICK AND JOURNALIST WALKING IN GARDENS OF NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE VATICAN CITY (FILE - NOVEMBER 19, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MCCARRICK TALKING WITH A CARDINAL ELECTOR (PURPLE HAT) OUTSIDE VATICAN MCCARRICK ENTERING VATICAN McCarrick is expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on February 16. Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by the man who was a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. VATICAN CITY (FILE - FEBRUARY 16, 2019) (REUTERS) VATICAN SPOKESPERSON, ALESSANDRO GISOTTI, ARRIVING AND TAKING A SEAT VATICAN STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) VATICAN SPOKESPERSON, ALESSANDRO GISOTTI, SAYING: "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, that is admitting of no further recourse." Emotions run high as survivors of clergy sex abuse recalled their trauma on February 20 on the eve of Vatican's sexual abuse conference. ROME, ITALY (FILE - FEBRUARY 20, 2019) (REUTERS) SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR MARY DISPENZA LOOKING AT CAMERA

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