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Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked. (Photo by Andy Mettler [CC BY-SA 2.0] of the World Economic Forum)

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The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that the 88-year-old McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., becomes the highest-ranking churchman and the first cardinal to be punished by dismissal from the clerical state, or laicization.

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, NICOLE WINFIELD & TRISHA THOMAS, Associated Press February 16, 2019
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