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The Globe-Trotting Predator

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The Globe-Trotting Predator

“Man is the only predator who hunts his own.” Kenneth Eade

What is the profile of a peripatetic predator? The sex tourist and human trafficker come to mind. He prowls, constantly moving, seeking new victims in far off lands, always outside the prying eyes of the law.

It’s not often that a sexual predator writes a weekly column about his personal thoughts, travels, and activities. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick authored a book called, Thinking of You, a breezy, pompous, self-promoting compilation of his weekly columns from the Washington D.C.Archdiocese Catholic Standard from 2001-May 2006.

This book exposes a treasure trove of McCarrick’s opinions on the clerical sex abuse scandal, (he brazenly doesn’t shy away from writing about it). As you might imagine, McCarrick writes incessantly about seminarians. With educated eyes, these entries jump off the page with a new creep factor.

His columns provide a roadmap for any prosecutor looking for possible crimes of sexual exploitation during McCarrick’s nearly non-stop overseas junkets. His travels beg the question of whether McCarrick was searching for  new victims in far off lands.

Knowing McCarrick’s obsession for sexually assaulting young males, his tome opens a psychological and linguistic window into his sick, yet disarming pathology. If you didn’t know better, McCarrick’s cheerful chatter utterly charms the reader,  His peripatetic world travels on behalf of Catholic Relief Services, the State Department (with his very own convenient diplomatic passport), and for the Catholic Church, boggle the mind and raise the question, was McCarrick, the Archbishop of Washington D.C., or a Diplomat at large.

As you might imagine, McCarrick obsessively talks about seminarians,  and his “priest-sons” in frequent weekly entries which now should send off alarms. When McCarrick was in Rome, he always stayed at the North American College Seminary (the NAC) and stayed in the spacious Cardinal Hickey suite.

Rick Steves would have been proud of the frequent flier miles McCarrick logged traveling around the globe.  The list below doesn’t include his frequent trips throughout the U.S.

Image result for cardinal mccarrick with boys(Such as to this New Jersey high school in 2011)

This itinerary serves as only a partial list of McCarrick’s travels during his years as Cardinal of D.C.:


Turks and Caicos

Saudi Arabia

Holy Land

Puerto Rico

Rome-Stayed at the NAC-North American College Seminary


Rome-Stayed at the NAC

Eastern Europe for CRS

Rome-Stayed at NAC

Balkans for CRS

Toronto for World Youth Day

Mexico City

Lebanon for State Dept.


Rome-Stayed at NAC

Rome-Stayed at NAC-Appointed to Pontifical Commission for Latin America

Belgrade Serbia

Iran-at the request of Iran Pres. Khatami

China-5th Visit

Rome-Stayed at NAC

Kosovo for CRS



Rome stayed at NAC

Rome stayed at NAC

Moscow with Cardinal Kasper



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South Africa

Sri Lanka


Rome stayed at NAC


Cologne, Germany

Caucasus for CRS

Balkans for CRS



Rome stayed at NAC


McCarrick’s weekly columns ended on May 18, 2006 when Wuerl was appointed Cardinal of Washington, D.C.

Uncle Ted mastered the gift of gab, which was one of his most alluring grooming tactics. His soft, lilting, humorous, grandfatherly voice lured his victims into complacency.  One minute he would say to a victim, “let’s say our evening prayers” and seconds later, he would assault a shocked seminarian, who had let his guard down. McCarrick built a global network of influencers, friends, world leaders, who counted him, as their friend and ally.

Ted McCarrick pathologically compartmentalized his public life from his dark and vile private one. He never slowed down, always on the move, hopping on planes, traveling to big and small events and celebrations. McCarrick served as Washington’s ultimate insider who shamelessly self promoted his workaholism and good works for humanity.

Next Up: The 2nd installment of the Globe Trotting Predator details McCarrick’s brazen and bold pronouncements on the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. McCarrick doesn’t shy away from discussing “the scandal.” He freely offers his opinion on predation and everything he has done to counteract the problem.

Elizabeth Yore is an international child protection attorney who has investigated clerical sex abuse cases.

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Elizabeth Yore

Elizabeth Yore served on the Heartland Institute Delegation that traveled to the Vatican in April 2015 to urge Pope Francis to re-examine his reliance on UN population control proponents who promote climate change.  She is an international child protection attorney who has investigated several cases of clergy sex abuse of children. She served as Special Counsel and Child Advocate to Oprah Winfrey. She is the former General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and former General Counsel at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.