The man, and others like him, have done incalculable damage to the Church, to individual lives and souls in need of salvation. Apart from those who have left the Church because they were abused, how many people will never have a relationship with Jesus or never baptise their children, because of the actions of men like McCarrick?
How much money, which could have been used to help those in need, to help communities, to keep churches from closing has gone and will go to lawyers and towards settlements?
This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. To date, the Church’s specific sanctions and overall response to abusers and the scandal itself have been - to put it mildly - totally inadequate.
The world desperately needs to know that this isn’t what the Church is and that it won’t be tolerated or minimised.
Laicising would be an act of strength, mercy and restorative justice for McCarrick, for the clergy, for the laity and for those outside the Church.
It wouldn’t perhaps be cause for true celebration - nothing that touches even the edges of this abhorrent situation really could be - but satisfaction? Certainly.
Feeling satisfied at a fair, effective and necessary outcome shouldn’t preclude praying for the salvation of those on the receiving end of it, as difficult as that can sometimes be.