Defrocking Cardinal Theodore McCarrick


Theodore McCarrick was an Archbishop Emeritus of Newark New Jersey and part of the College of Cardinals that elected the current pope.

“The story ” related by a priest to Rod Dreher of the American Conservative and author of how Dante Can Save your Life, was that “McCarrick had a habit of compelling seminarians to share his bed for cuddling”.   These allegations did not involve sexual molestation, but were clearly unwanted sexual harassment. To refuse the archbishop’s bedtime entreaties would be to risk your future as a priest was the priest’s inference.

                                                   Mapping McCarrick

His father died when he was 3 years old of tuberculosis and he was raised by his mother in the Bronx, where he was born on July 7 1930. His birthtime is unpublished, but we have pegged him at slightly after midnight and gave him a 01 Aries rising.

His chart shows no AIR — headless actions –with a Grand Trine in Fire rather aggressive and impetuous. The setup is a Splash temperament type with an strong preponderance in the fourth house of Cancer because he does have a strong opposition from Mercury to Saturn in the tenth. Saturn is exalted there, in its essential tenth house and found in Capricorn.  

Near the midheaven, this setup suggests that he was well liked by older established men in the Church hierarchy. His Part of Fortune is in the eighth house that shows a strong upward momentum in his career but is marked by the ruler of Scorpio opposing it from the second. Here we see that the greater his ambitions the less he was checked in his appetites and with Mars in Taurus gives him a strong propensity for easy pickings in familiar surroundings.

It is an interesting chart for if was consider the Ascendant and Descendant as points, we get a Grand Square, though notice that McCarrick has no overt oppositions,  and thus does not have a natural disposition, making his Grand Square hidden and lurking under the surface.

                                 Do the transits expose McCarrick?

To see if our idea is correct, about the hidden grand square, let’s go fast forward to the date of Dreher article on June 20 2018. It came out on the heels of an allegation that the Cardinal sexually abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York. The 60 year old man said that the priest had been a friend of the family and was called “Uncle Ted”.   The boy had been baptized by the newly minted priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly, New Jersey in June 1958.  

The abuse lasted nearly twenty years.

I don’t know where the American Conservative is published so we are setting the place for Newark were McCarrick served. Here in the transiting chart with McCarrick’s natal chart within the bi-wheel, we see that the hidden Grand Square becomes manifest, this time just using the Ascendant as the only point in the chart.

Marc Jones did not use the Ascendant for anything other than to pin down the all important first house of “Identity”, but plenty of other astrologers did like Vivian Robson, Charles Carter, and Alan Leo, and we agree with the British group finding that its absence in a chart often does not uncover as much information  as when it is used.

The two Saturns are almost exact, suggesting how long this took to be uncovered and perhaps McCarrick suffered from living too long. Saturn is squared the transiting Moon at 30 Scorpio that highlights this dramatic point in his life — the old lion honored and well respected suddenly has his worst fears “uncovered” by his subordinates (sixth house rules servants and underlings). It gets worse.

That Moon is now square 04 Jupiter in Cancer (many people) and 30 Gemini in the third, demanding justice and retribution because of McCarrick’s hypocrisy. But it’s a transiting chart and that means that this was going on, or could be for many others, how do we know that this is pertinent towards him? First transiting Saturn at 07 partile Natal Saturn at 08 both conjunct his Midheaven at 01. Second, everything goes rounds the circle at meets once again at his Ascendant 01 Aries, a seal rising up to embrace a nude bather.

McCarrick and “nephew” in 1973 at the boy’s family home in Teaneck. The embrace is ironic considering McCarrick’s ascendant.  The picture is from the family archives.  The boy was then 15.  It is very unusual for a man to hold his son at the waist, that is typically for husband and wife.  More typical would be a father embracing him at the shoulders, as though to infer, a beloved pat for a job well done.

The Ascendant for the transiting chart, highlighted in yellow at the bottom is opposite the twin Saturn’s on top showing public exposure,and conjunct his natal Sun. There is no doubt that the transits were pinpointing just one person right then, and it was Theodore Edgar McCarrick.

                                              The Vatican Response

A month later, on July 28, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Cardinal and ordered him to a “life of prayer and penance.” The pope officially suspended the cardinal from the exercise of any public ministry after receiving his resignation letter Friday evening and demanded that the prelate remain in seclusion “until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has not responded to calls for broader reform since the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick were made public.

The president of the conference, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, released a statement saying that the pope’s acceptance of the resignation “reflects the priority the Holy Father places on the need for protection and care for all our people and the way failures in this area affect the life of the Church in the United States.” We can only pray that is true.


We constantly vet our posts for accuracy whether it be in grammar, typos or fact.  This one was revised on February 19 2019.

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