'It's a sad moment for the priesthood.' Church sex abuse survivor discusses defrocked cardinal charged with sex crime

The defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is now the first cardinal in the U.S. ever to be charged with a sex crime against a minor.

News 12 Staff

Jul 30, 2021, 2:44 AM

Updated 993 days ago

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The defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is now the first cardinal in the U.S. ever to be charged with a sex crime against a minor.
McCarrick is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Massachusetts in 1974.
"Like any victim, you're relieved," says Teresa Cash-Ferrara, of Ridge, who is a survivor of priest sex abuse. "Mine was a grooming. I was groomed to accept highly sexually behaviors," Cash-Ferrara recalls.
Ferrara's instinctual concern is for the victim, who would now be 63 years old.
"The first thing in your head, I was about to ask you, where is this guy, is he OK?" Cash-Ferrara says.
McCarrick, who is now 91 years old, faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.
In recent decades, thousands of other priests have been accused and the matters have been pursued civilly.
"As a Catholic, it's a sad moment for the priesthood," Cash-Ferrara says. "But like any Catholic, I want to see reparation, I want to see accountability."
Ferrara's message for any other sex abuse survivor is that they are not alone. There's help out there with organizations like SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.


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