McCarrick report summary cites lack of serious investigations of rumors

VATICAN CITY – Although dogged for years by rumors of sexual impropriety, Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and a lack of church officials reporting and investigating accusations, according to the Vatican summary of its report on the matter.

Face coverings, health protocols as students return to Catholic schools

BELLINGHAM – At Assumption School on a recent weekday, first-graders practiced their penmanship just as they would any school year. But this year they did it wearing face coverings and from behind makeshift cardboard-and-plastic dividers embellished with pictures of Dr. Seuss characters.