He was one of the most open-minded bishops in the country, in favor of a greater role for women in the Church, against the Vietnam War. He came to march with Martin Luther King in Selma for civil rights … But behind this progressive image and respect for people’s rights was another man: a brutal pedophile who took advantage of the need for a family and of the vulnerability of a girl as young as five years old. Peter Gerety brought food to a struggling family and offered to look after the little girl when her mother, a seamstress, worked. But whoever was the predecessor of another sexual predator, Cardinal McCarrick in Newark, took advantage of those absences to rape the girl or masturbate in front of her.
Pope will expel former Cardinal McCarrick from priesthood for sexual abuse of minors