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Paddy Agnew: 'Is Dan Brown writing the script at Vatican?'

Defrocked cardinals and the rape of nuns - what will the response of the Curia be, wonders Paddy Agnew

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DISGRACED: Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was defrocked by Pope Francis
yesterday over accusations he sexually abused minors 50 years ago. Picture: AFP/Getty

DISGRACED: Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was defrocked by Pope Francis yesterday over accusations he sexually abused minors 50 years ago. Picture: AFP/Getty

DISGRACED: Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was defrocked by Pope Francis yesterday over accusations he sexually abused minors 50 years ago. Picture: AFP/Getty

The only question to be asked around the Vatican this week is who is writing the script - Dan Brown or Robert Harris?

With a spectacularly ill-timed bulletin yesterday, the Holy See confirmed that the former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has been laicised or "defrocked", having found him guilty of "solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession" and of "sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power".


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