US ex-cardinal McCarrick defrocked by Vatican over sex abuse cases

The Vatican says the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, has been dismissed from the priesthood after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of soliciting sex from adults and minors.

McCarrick is the highest-profile figure in the Catholic Church to be defrocked in modern times.

According to a Vatican statement, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”