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Lay woman’s saga illustrates clerical sexual abuse of adults


Lay woman’s saga illustrates clerical sexual abuse of adults

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Lay woman’s saga illustrates clerical sexual abuse of adults
Rachel Mastrogiacomo visits Assisi with her two best friends, whose faces have been blurred upon request, in 2009 shortly before meeting Deacon Jacob Bertrand. (Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Mastrogiacomo.)
Although most attention amid the clerical sexual abuse crisis has been on minors, recent cases of priests and bishops who have taken advantage of vulnerable adults or those under their guidance also have come to light.
One such case involves Theodore McCarrick, the 88-year-old retired Archbishop of Washington and Newark who resigned his post in the College of Cardinals following “credible and substantiated” accusations of sexual abuse of minors and multiple accounts of sexual misconduct with seminarians.
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