In a Sept. 28 statement, the Archdiocese of Washington announced that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, “now resides at St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kansas in the Diocese of Salina, with the permission of the Provincial Superior of the Franciscan Capuchin Community responsible for the Friary, Fr. Christopher Popravak, O.F.M.Cap., and the Bishop of Salina, Most Reverend Gerald Vincke.”

In July, Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal McCarrick, and ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.

In late June, then-Cardinal McCarrick, 88, said he would no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago in the Archdiocese of New York was found credible. Archbishop McCarrick said he was innocent in that case, but he did not respond to subsequent allegations made against him.

In the weeks that followed the announcement, another man came forward claiming he was abused as a child by Archbishop McCarrick, and several former seminarians have spoken out about being sexually harassed by the cardinal at a New Jersey beach house he had while he was a bishop serving in that state. The Archdiocese of Newark and Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey disclosed that financial settlements had been made in two cases alleging that Archbishop McCarrick, when he was bishop there, had engaged in sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

When the first claim against Archbishop McCarrick was filed in the Archdiocese of New York, the Archdiocese of Washington reviewed its own files and found no complaints of any kind made against Archbishop McCarrick.  Further, the confidential settlements involving acts by Archbishop McCarrick in the Diocese of Metuchen and the Archdiocese of Newark were not known previously to Cardinal Wuerl or the Archdiocese of Washington. 

In its Sept. 28 statement regarding Archbishop McCarrick’s living arrangement in Kansas, the Archdiocese of Washington noted that “out of consideration for the peace of the community at St. Fidelis Friary, respect for the privacy of this arrangement is requested.”