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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In what is seen as an unprecedented move, Pope Francis stripped retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s title.

McCarrick, once a high-ranking church official, was removed from public ministry because of decades-old allegations of sexual abuse.

He was accused three times of sexual misconduct with adults over the years.

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He has also been accused of abusing a minor. That case is awaiting a church trial.

McCarrick led the Archdiocese of Washington years ago.