Catholic Herald skriver at det er blitt bekreftet at Vatikanet fra år 2000 visste at McCarrick var kjent for å dele seng med seminarister og unge prester. Men det virker som man også etter at man slo veldig hardt ned på handlinger begått mot gutter eller jenter under 18 år, ikke brydde seg veldig mye om det som skjedde med litt eldre (men fortsatt svært sårbare) personer. Catholic Herald skriver bl.a.:
A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service.
Fr Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS that he received the letter dated October 11, 2006, from then Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, …
Archbishop Sandri wrote to Fr Ramsey, “I ask with particular reference to the serious matters involving some of the students of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, which in November 2000 you were good enough to bring confidentially to the attention of the then Apostolic Nuncio in the United States, the late Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo.”
Fr Ramsey had been on the faculty of the seminary from 1986 to 1996 and had sent a letter in 2000 to Archbishop Montalvo informing him of complaints he heard from seminarians studying at the seminary, located in South Orange, New Jersey. In the letter, Fr Ramsey told CNS, “I complained about McCarrick’s relationships with seminarians and the whole business with sleeping with seminarians and all of that; the whole business that everyone knows about.”