The Vatican has taken testimony from a person who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, proof that the preliminary case towards the retired archbishop has expanded to incorporate severe allegations of misconduct.

James Grein testified Thursday in New York earlier than the judicial vicar for the New York Metropolis archdiocese, who was requested by the Holy See to take his assertion, stated Grein’s civil lawyer Patrick Noaker.

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The testimony, which lasted about an hour, was troublesome and traumatic however Grein was proud to have carried out it, Noaker stated.

“He desires his church again. He felt that as a way to accomplish that finish, he needed to go in and testify right here and inform them what occurred, and provides the church itself the possibility to do the fitting factor,” Noaker stated in a phone interview Friday.

Grein initially got here ahead in July after the New York archdiocese introduced {that a} church investigation decided that an allegation that McCarrick had groped one other teenage altar boy within the 1970s was credible.

Grein’s claims, first reported by The New York Instances, are extra severe. He has alleged that McCarrick, a household good friend, first uncovered himself to Grein when he was 11 after which sexually molested him for years thereafter.

Noaker stated that in his testimony Thursday, Grein additionally gave “chilling” particulars about alleged repeated incidents of groping throughout confession — a severe canonical crime on high of the unique offense of sexually abusing a minor.

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Noaker stated combining sexual abuse with spiritual confession haunts Grein in the present day.

“That is actually emotional injury and manipulation that is nearly unforgivable,” he stated.

McCarrick denied the preliminary groping allegation of the altar boy and stated by way of his lawyer he seems to be ahead to invoking his proper to due course of. It wasn’t clear when his testimony can be given. A spokesman for the New York archdiocese stated he had no data on that.

The McCarrick scandal has sparked a disaster in credibility within the U.S. and Vatican hierarchies, because it was apparently an open secret in some church circles that “Uncle Ted” slept with grownup seminarians.

Pope Francis initially ordered McCarrick faraway from ministry duties after he was credibly accused of groping the teenage altar boy. A month later, after former seminarians and Grein got here ahead, Francis eliminated McCarrick as a cardinal and ordered him to reside a lifetime of penance and prayer whereas the canonical course of ran its course. Now 88, he’s dwelling at a Kansas spiritual residence.

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Whereas victims have lengthy complained about the best way they’ve been handled throughout canonical proceedings, Noaker praised the conduct of the judicial vicar, the Rev. Richard Welch, saying he was compassionate, form and affected person in the course of the testimony.

The Related Press doesn’t determine individuals who say they’re victims of sexual assault until they grant permission. Grein initially requested to be recognized solely by his first title however has since gone public together with his full title.

Along with the canonical case towards McCarrick, Noaker filed a police report towards McCarrick in July.

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