Vatican report reveals Pope John Paul II knew of sexual abuse allegations

Despite knowing about extensive sexual abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, Pope John Paul II still promoted him to archbishop and then cardinal.
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Transcript for Vatican report reveals Pope John Paul II knew of sexual abuse allegations
Now to the Vatican's explosive new report tonight about disgraced former cardinal Theodore Mccarrick. What the report reveals about pope John Paul II and what the Vatican says he knew. Here's our senior foreign correspondent tonight Ian Pannell. Reporter: Tonight, an explosive Vatican report revealing pope John Paul II knew about extensive sexual abuse allegations regarding adults and minors against Theodore Mccarrick, but still promoted him to archbishop and then cardmccarrick, at one time one of the most powerful catholics in America, directed millions of dollars to the church, even tall games as rumors surfaced for decades. The 400-page report lays most of the blame on John Paul ii,ow a saint, whose friendship with Mccarrick dated back to the 1970s. In 2000, he appointed Mccarrick to the helm of the church in Washington D.C. Despite knowing of reports that he'd shared a bed with seminarians at a beach house. The report concludes that pope John Paul II ultimately chose to believe Mccarrick's denial of those allegations. James Grein claims Mccarrick abused him for two decades starting as a child in the 1960s. While the report itself is powerful, the abuse to me was incredibly heinous and it hurts forever. Reporter: Mccarrick, who is defrocked by pope Francis last year amid more allegations. Both pope Benedict and pope franci are largely unscathed by this record, but I raises tough questions about the church.

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