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Vatican admits Pope John Paul II was warned about abusive archbishop Theodore McCarrick, while clearing Francis

The late Pope John Paul II was warned about allegations of sexual impropriety by Theodore McCarrick, but chose to promote him to Archbishop of Washington anyway following McCarrick’s own denials and an investigation by American bishops that returned “inaccurate and incomplete information,” an internal Vatican investigation concluded Tuesday.

The report into the Vatican’s handling of the highest ranking Church figure to be defrocked over sexual abuse comes after two years of investigation, and years of scrutiny over how McCarrick was allowed to rise through the hierarchy.

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