The report, which, given Mr. McCarrick’s long career in the church, had
the potential to engulf three separate papacies in scandal, did not directly
cast blame on Pope Francis or his predecessors for knowingly abetting or
But a 14-page summary of the report, which included a
Who’s Who of Vatican power players and American church officials, seemed
to put it at the apostolic doorstep of Pope John Paul II, who personally made
the decision to appoint him.