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NYC comes from Sony pictures presenting little women written for the screen and directed by Gregor wig starring Sir Sharon in Emma Watson Florence Butte Timothy shallow may and Meryl Streep now in theaters for nearly two decades the Vatican knew about allegations of sexual abuse by one of the most powerful cardinals in the US and did not act until recently all that time the now former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to church authorities this is all laid out in a Washington post investigation of McCarrick Sunbow Burke is one of the reporters on the story and he joins us now welcome thank you so make Herc was defrocked earlier this year after being found guilty of sexual abuse can you briefly remind us just how powerful he once wives before these allegations came to light cardinal McCarrick was widely considered one of the most prominent names to the US Catholic Church he built his reputation as a prolific fund raiser and also very visible presence after sex abuse scandal in two thousand one as a leader who spoke out against sex abuse in places where the church is very strong and active the New York metropolitan area and then of course Washington DC I mean yes he was a very prominent fundraiser and in your store you noted that he sent somewhere around six hundred thousand dollars to clerics within the church do you have a sense of where that money came from was it from his fundraising yes and he mostly did fundraising from wealthy Catholic donors one such donor who's the most generous was president trump's sister and former judge maryanne trump and he managed to raise six million dollars over seventeen years and essentially have the ability to spend the money however he softened one thing that your story found with some of these checks went directly to the pope first John Paul the second and then to pope Benedict right that's right two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in one check to pope Benedict John Paul the second got a total of about ninety thousand dollars and the higher up the officials were in the Vatican the more money they got interesting and what is the Vatican said about these gifts to John Paul the second and Bennett they didn't respond we did reach the personal secretary of John Paul the second who said that any checks that came to the pope's he would direct to the secretary of state we did not hear from any representative of pope Benedict and did either the archdiocese of Washington or make Karakum self explain why these payments were being made so archdiocese of Washington is now led by a new archbishop they didn't offer a reason for those guests course former car McCarrick did not respond to our request for an interview and his lawyer also declined to comment so are there indications that this story that you discovered someone high up in the Catholic Church under investigation for sexual abuse was sending payments to clerics within that church during the investigation is that part of a larger pattern well one of the striking things that we got the responses was from the secretary of state of the Vatican who said these are just common gifs among clerics during the holidays but if you take a step back and think about the practice of giving cash gifts to superiors who have a direct oversight role in the broader world would be regarded as not kosher it also takes on a different complexion when you're talking about the giver of the gift being accused of wrongdoing and the organization more generally being accused of not doing enough to hold that person to account that is Washington post investigative reporter Sean.

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