>> Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the US Catholic church's most prominent figures who's been at the center of a widening sexual abuse scandal. Last month American church officials said allegations that he sexually abused a 16 year old boy almost 50 years ago were credible and substantiated.
Since then another minor has come forward claiming McCarrick abused him when he was 11 years old and several men alleged McCarrick forced them to sleep with him at a beach house in New Jersey when they were adult seminarians studying for the priest hood. His sudden fall from grace stunned the American Church because he was a widely respected leader for decades and the confidant of popes and presidents.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says McCarrick's departure proves a point.>> The important point is that McCarrick is no longer a cardinal. What this is means is that no matter how important your position, no matter how prestigious, when it comes to sex abuse, you are going to be held accountable.
That's the message being sent today.>> McCarrick says he has absolutely no recollection of the alleged abuse of the teenager 50 years ago but has not commented on the other allegations. The scandal comes with Pope Francis facing an image crisis on a second front in Chile where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the church in the Latin American country.