Georgetown rescinds honorary degree for defrocked McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick Photo: AP
Theodore McCarrick

February 19, 2019 08:21 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University has rescinded an honorary degree it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last week after being convicted by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia said Tuesday that it is "the first time an honorary degree conferred by the University has been revoked."

Advertisement

DeGioia says Georgetown and other Roman Catholic and Jesuit institutions have been called on "to create a context in which the abuse of power can be identified and eliminated."

The 88-year-old McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is the highest-ranking churchman and the first cardinal to be punished by dismissal from the clerical state, or laicization.

He was notified Friday of the decision, which was approved by Pope Francis.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

Minnesota millionaire receives food stamps; Lawmaker tries to close loophole

Bridge closings on Minnesota River announced as flooding continues

Hands-free bill not a done deal yet in Minnesota Senate

Flooding leaves just one way in and out of Henderson

Mix of sun and clouds expected Thursday

Teen identified as driver in fatal St. Paul hit-and-run

Advertisement