About 18 months ago I posted a video detailing the nine ways that one can be an accessory to the mortal sin of another, thereby incurring the guilt of his/her own mortal sin. I now post that and ask you to review, then I'll continue my comments below the video.
I now link to an article by Rob Dreher about the removal of Cardinal McCarrick. He goes into rather graphic detail about the alleged abuses by Cardinal McCarrick. This is not the first time that I've heard of these scenarios. Notice that in this article, McCarrick is depicted as molesting seminarians that were in his charge. McCarrick is removed due to an incident with a minor, but seminarians are not minors. They were young men at the time, but full grown and quite capable of fending off an older man - but they didn't!
As you heard in the video, two of the ways that one shares the guilt of another's mortal sin are by concealment and silence. That's exactly the grievous fault of these young men. A careful read of the article makes clear that some of them pretended not to notice as McCarrick was molesting one of their fellow seminarians a few feet from him. One gets a hint as to the motivation behind the silence - that they didn't want to jeopardize their chances at being ordained. But what really did they do? Did they in fact not compromise their own priesthoods by such (I'll say it) cowardice? In some cases they displayed despicable lack of charity in failing to come to the aid of their brother seminarians. Surely at the time of these incidents they had some knowledge that what was going on was morally repugnant. Would they have looked the other way while a young child was being so raped? Only they can answer that question, but given what they did I shudder to ponder the answer to that question.
This matter is now under investigation. I now call upon those who may have been molested by the Cardinal to come forth and lend their names and testimony to the investigation. They are morally obliged to do so. In their previous silence they not only endangered themselves but the seminarians who came after them under McCarrick's control. They now have the opportunity to make some sort of amends. They now have the opportunity to send messages to other perverts that the days of free access to youths without consequences are over.