The Catholic Herald published a strong assessment of “How McCarricks Happen” (Stephen Bullivant and Giovanni Radhitio Putra Sadewo, April 18, 2021), which opens with:
McCarricks are the malign by-products of a system ostensibly designed to create something else entirely: bishops who are, as per Canon 378, ‘outstanding in solid faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence, and human virtues’. While we have no doubt that the system succeeds in producing those as well, it clearly suffers from significant vulnerabilities…. From Savile to Sandusky to Epstein to – yes – McCarrick, it has become something of a cliché to say we need to stop thinking in terms of ‘bad apples’, and instead turn our attention to defective ‘barrels’. Rotten apples, we’re assured, are symptoms rather than the root cause. Our real problems are ones of coopering, not horticulture.
The full article, while not conclusive, raises noteworthy points about how the system overlooked McCarrick. It is well worth your time.