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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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#1 Miranda Lambert

#MirandaLambert reportedly dumped salad on a woman's head after an argument at a Nashville restaurant, #TMZ reports.

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Miranda Lambert Was'Flipping Plates' During Restaurant Incident, According To 911 Call

 

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Miranda Lambert Was ‘Flipping Plates’ During Restaurant Incident, According To 911 Call

NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) A newly released 911 call from the Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville from a restaurant employee says Miranda Lambert “is trying to hit people, and she’s flipping plates over on them.”

Lambert was reportedly dining with her mother and a male friend at the restaurant over the past weekend when things got heated between Lambert and fellow diners, with the singer reportedly dumping a salad on another patron’s lap.  Metro Nashville police responded to the restaurant after the incident but Lambert had left the restaurant by then and several other men did not want to cooperate, according to the Tennessean, which obtained the 911 calls.

“Something happened in the restaurant between these two gentlemen, and another gentleman walked up to her table and started cussing him out,” the woman told the dispatcher. “This is the third time they’ve gotten into it, and now Miranda is trying to hit people, and she’s flipping plates over on them.”

She added, “There’s an altercation between two guests, and it’s about to get physical. Our managers are trying to hold them back but we can’t.”

One gentleman was apparently an out-of-state police officer and another was said to work for Homeland Security.

TMZ obtained a video of some of the argument.

Lambert’s publicist declined to comment.

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#2 Seth Curry • Callie Rivers • Doc Rivers • Stephen Curry

Queen City! ?

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Former Blue Devil Seth Curry Is Engaged To...

This is pretty cool. Congrats to both families

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08: Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with teammates Seth Curry #30 and Quinn Cook #2 after hitting a game-winning 3 pointer to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-84 during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Well here’s a nice surprise: former Blue Devil Seth Curry is engaged to Callie Rivers, daughter of Doc and sister of Austin.

Their children are going to be able to call Grandpa Dell or Uncle Steph for shooting advice and can ask Uncle Austin about that three point shot he hit to beat UNC in 2012. Doc and Callie were in attendance and if you look at the clip you’ll see them celebrating.

Not as much as they will be soon though and not as much as Duke fans may be if the Currie-Austin union produces more sharpshooting Blue Devils.

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Seth Curry Gets Engaged To Doc Rivers’ Daughter Callie: Report

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Seth Curry is engaged to Doc Rivers' daughter.

It looks like there’s some basketball royalty getting married. TMZ reports that Seth Curry, the younger brother of Steph, just proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Callie Rivers, who happens to be the daughter of Clippers coach Doc Rivers. And of course she said yes too.

The Blazers guard popped the question to his longtime girlfriend in front of their families at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Charlotte, North Carolina on Valentine's Day with brother Steph and father Dell present. Doc, Austin Rivers and the rest of the Rivers gang were also on hand for the special moment. Talk about a basketball dinner, the Curry’s & Rivers’ all at one table, my God.

Callie tweeted about the big day, saying "2.14.19 was a DAY. so thankful & blessed & loved & happy & positive & complete." However, at the time of the tweet we didn’t know she was engaged.

The Christmas & holiday basketball games are going to be epic at that family party. Check out her tweet (below) and congrats to the happy couple!

Callie Rivers@CallieRivers25

2.14.19 was a DAY.
so thankful & blessed & loved & happy & positive & complete ??

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#3 Lee Radziwill • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis • New York City

#Lee ?

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Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ Younger Sister, Dies at 85

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Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ younger sister, died Friday in New York at age 85, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Radziwill, whose careers included acting, interior design, and public relations, as well as coordinating special events for Giorgio Armani, was born Caroline Lee Bouvier. She became a princess after marrying Polish prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill in 1959. While Radziwill had previously suffered from age-related illness, sources told WWD that she had appeared healthy this week. Radziwill’s friends included author Truman Capote, who helped launch her acting career.  She also counted Cecil Beaton and Leonard Bernstein among her confidants. She was so close to Andy Warhol that she leased his Montauk property from him after leaving Radziwill, WWD notes. In 1972, she traveled with the Rolling Stones’ tour in North America. Radziwill’s high-profile and luxe life was coupled with financial difficulties. Onassis didn’t leave Radziwill any money from her $150 million estate, even suggesting in her will that she had helped support her younger sister, per WWD.

Lee Radziwill
Lee Radziwill
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Her daughter-in-law is Real Housewives of New York alum Carole Radziwill

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February 16, 2019 11:09 AM

Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and mother-in-law of Real Housewives of New York alum Carole Radziwill, died on Friday in New York City, according to WWD and TMZ. She was 85.

Radziwill, the daughter of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou “Black Jack” Bouvier, grew up in New York City and East Hampton and attended Miss Porter’s School, along with her sister, Jackie. She developed a passion for art, writers and fashion that continued throughout her life and made her a style icon for decades.

Designer Tory Burch paid tribute to Lee on Saturday. “We are heartbroken and I will miss our dear friend. Rest In Peace, Lee Radziwill,” she wrote in a tweet.

The sisters were as close as they were competitive. Lee was considered “the pretty one,” and her sister “the smart one.”

Lee married first, to Michael Canfield, while Jackie worked as a young photographer in Washington, D.C. But it was Jackie’s marriage to John F. Kennedy in 1953 that catapulted her into “another life.”

As Lee wrote in her memoir Happy Times: “With the wedding, Jackie’s destiny led to another life. As the wife of the President of the United States, she was extremely busy. She had to travel a lot, and liked to have me with her as we were very close. Apart from great mutual affection, I think our strongest bond was a shared sense of humor, which was endlessly enjoyable.”

Lee Radziwill with Jackie Kennedy in 1951
Lee Radziwill with Jackie Kennedy in 1951
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“She had so defined herself as being in competition with Jackie that when finally there was no competition she didn’t even know who she was,” added Taraborrelli. “That marked a new era for her. She realized she needed to do something to distinguish herself from the First Lady and that’s why she began to experiment with different careers (in the theater and interior decorating) but she was never able to establish herself with an identity that could compete with Jackie.”

By then, she had divorced Canfield and had married the Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, with whom she had two children, Anna Christina and Anthony Radziwill.

Tragically, Anthony — who was married to RHONY‘s Carole, 55 —  died from cancer in 1999 just a few weeks after his cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr. The two had been as close as brothers.

Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill and Lee Radziwill
Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill and Lee Radziwill
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Lee lived a storied life, befriending some of the greatest and most stylish artists of her time. She counted ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, author Truman Capote, conductor Leonard Bernstein and Andy Warhol among her closest friends, and she was continually on the world’s best-dressed lists for her streamlined jet-set style.

“There were so many things I couldn’t do when my brother-in-law was president,” Lee told Vanity Fair in 2016, reflecting on his time in the White House. “Finally, I’m free.”

When Lee came to Jackie’s bedside the day before she died to say goodbye in May 1994, she told her: “I love you so much. I always have, Jacks. I hope you know it.”

But Jackie’s final mention of Lee in her will spoke volumes about their lifelong tension.

After granting Lee’s children, Anthony and Tina, each a half a million dollars, Jackie wrote that she made no provisions for her younger sister, “For whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime.”

Lee Radziwill in 2013
Lee Radziwill in 2013
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“There have been many things in my life to have regrets about, in the sense I wish I could have changed them, or somehow made them not happen. What I don’t have is envy. I’m perfectly content at this time of my life. I’ve done so many fascinating things and the greatest joy is that I continue to do interesting things and meet fascinating people.”

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#4 Danny Green • San Antonio Spurs • NBA All-Star Weekend • Three-Point Contest • Toronto Raptors • DeMar DeRozan

#DannyGreen Preparing for the 3-PT Shootout at #nbaallstar ? You Think He's Winning??⤵ (Credit @secretsauceworld)

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Davis Bertans' 3-point contest snub surprises former Spur Danny Green

Updated 10:50 am CST, Saturday, February 16, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Count Danny Green among those wondering why Spurs forward Davis Bertans wasn't chosen to participate in the 3-point contest at NBA All-Star Weekend.

Asked Saturday if Bertans shot well enough to be in Charlotte, Green said, "I think he's shot well enough to be anywhere in the world right now. For sure, he could have been in the 3-point contest. I probably don't deserve to be here."

Green is shooting 42.1 percent (128 of 304) from beyond the arc this season, his first with the Toronto Raptors after spending the last eight seasons with the Spurs.

Bertans is shooting a league-best 47.6 percent (109 of 229) from distance.

Green, a 10th-year pro, is competing in his first 3-point contest. He suggested that Bertans, a third-year pro, likely will get picked for the contest after he logs more seasons.

"Sometimes you have to take your licks, take some years, build a resume," Green said. "But he definitely has shot extremely well this year."

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#5 Buddy Hield • Three-Point Contest • Sacramento Kings • NBA All-Star Game • The University of Oklahoma • Blake Griffin • Trae Young • Oklahoma City Thunder

We're just going to put it out there in the universe. Buddy Hield will be the 2019 3 point champion. #bahamasbasketball #buddyhield #242totheworld??? #buddybuckets #changemymind #sacramentokings #sactown

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Kings’ Buddy Hield rises from poverty to stardom to reach NBA 3-Point Contest

BY JASON ANDERSON

FEBRUARY 15, 2019 07:05 PM,

UPDATED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 07:56 PM

By Hector Amezcua

CHARLOTTE N.C.

Millions visit the Bahamas each year, most of them tourists who soak up the warm sun on white-sand beaches while gazing out over crystal-clear water during dream getaways.

Most never see the poverty and hardship Kings guard Buddy Hield experienced as a kid because few dare to enter the Pinedale neighborhood in Eight Mile Rock, a coastal region west of Freeport. Hield’s mother always made sure he had something to eat, but he didn’t have much else.

Hield knew his own dreams would never come true unless he found a way to escape the islands.

“Where I’m from, it’s not like the resorts,” he said. “People just look at the resort parts and they don’t really go inland to see daily life. It’s tough, man, but I wouldn’t trade it for nothing because that’s what made me who I am today. That’s a good resemblance of me.”

Hield was one of seven children raised by a single mother who worked 14-hour days as a housekeeper to provide for her kids after their father threw them out. Hield was 11 years old when he started playing basketball. At the time, his mother wouldn’t let him go to the park to play because of gang and drug activity in the area, so he found another way to hone his skills.

Hield cut the bottom out of a plastic crate. He created a backboard using an old piece of plywood. Then, he borrowed a hammer and nails from his uncle so he could put up his hoop on a wooden lamppost in front of his grandmother’s three-bedroom home, where he lived with nine other relatives.

“The crate court was so fragile, so to make a basket you really had to shoot the ball in the crate, which was tough,” Hield said. “It took good mental focus, but it was fun.”

That makeshift hoop is where Hield learned to shoot. Now, he’s here, at the Spectrum Center., where he will be one of the favorites in the NBA 3-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday Night. According to the Bovada online sportsbook, Hield has the second-best odds of winning behind Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, a Charlotte native who grew up in NBA arenas during his father’s 16-year pro career.

Hield, 26, reflected on his remarkable journey in a wide-ranging interview with The Bee, discussing his childhood, fatherhood, his status as a role model in the Bahamas and where he might be if he hadn’t traversed this unlikely path to NBA All-Star Weekend.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t pursue basketball,” he said. “The drugs are the attraction for young guys in the Bahamas. If you make it in the drug game, you get your fast money, you’re poppin’ on the islands, but I wanted good money. I wanted money that wouldn’t make me go to jail or put me in danger. I wanted to make a living for me and my family and do what I love doing, something that would let me take care of my family for years and generations.”

Kyle Lindsted, an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, was coaching high school basketball at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan., when he discovered Hield at a youth showcase in Freeport. He quickly noticed how people gravitated to Hield.

“He just had a magnetic personality,” Lindsted said. “When he wasn’t on the court, literally the whole gym would be gathered around him. He’s got that charisma that people want to be around.”

Lindsted also thought Hield could be a pretty good player.

“He wasn’t one of the main prospects there at all, but he was a winner,” Lindsted said. “He wasn’t flashy. He wasn’t very athletic. He was barely dunking it. He had never lifted weights and he didn’t have the greatest body from the nutrition he had, but he could shoot the ball.”

Lindsted recruited Hield to attend his school but first spent time getting to know his family in Eight Mile Rock, including his mother, Jackie Braylen. The house didn’t have electricity and the neighborhood was rough, but there was an unmistakable sense of community.

“I can’t compare it to anything I’ve seen here in the United States,” Lindsted said. “I don’t know if it’s a third-world country, but in certain areas it is. It’s poverty. There’s no nice way to say it, but I tell you what — it’s a wonderful house to be in. His mom’s spirit is beautiful. She’s grateful, she’s thankful, she knows right and wrong. She is why Buddy is what he is. She is a special human being.”

Hield left home to join Lindsted at Sunrise Christian Academy, where he became a coveted college recruit. He chose Oklahoma over Kansas, fulfilled his dream of playing in the NCAA Tournament and was named National Player of the Year, establishing himself as a top NBA prospect.

“From Day 1, when I talked to him, he was like, ‘Coach, I’m going to make it to the NBA and I’m going to take care of my mom and my family,’” Lindsted said. “A lot of kids say stuff like that, but I’ve never seen a dude who just willed it the way he did. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen.”

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Hield with the sixth pick in the 2016 draft, but they traded him to the Kings eight months later as part of the deal that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. Hield began to blossom as soon as he arrived in Sacramento, averaging 15.1 points over the final 25 games of the season.

He scored a team-high 29 points in last year’s Rising Stars game and emerged as an All-Star candidate this season. Hield is averaging career highs of 20.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. He’s fourth in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 44.9 percent.

“He can get hot at any second,” Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said. “He can score 15 in a row by himself. It’s always great to have a guy who can just go off like that.”

Hield shot 53.4 percent from 3-point range over 15 games in January, astonishing even his teammates.

“He is one of the best shooters in the league right now,” Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic said. “The shots he is making, it’s unbelievable.”

Hield scored 32 points against the Warriors, 34 against the Philadelphia 76ers, 35 against the Detroit Pistons and 37 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“He scares everybody,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He moves without the ball. He’s tough-minded. He’s confident. He’s somebody to be dealt with every game.”

Hield has been instrumental in the Kings’ success as they try to reach the playoffs after 12 losing seasons.

“You watch him and you just smile because he loves to play and he loves to make a play, and it’s not selfish or greedy in any way, shape or form,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “... You just have to love his spirit and what he brings to our team.”

Hield is smiling a lot these days, too. He has a 14-month-old daughter who frequently greets him outside the locker room after games at Golden 1 Center.

“She’s beautiful and she’s full of joy,” he said. “Every day, I get to wake up and see her in the morning, and she calls me ‘dadada.’ It’s one of the best feelings ever.”

If Hield could see his reflection in those crystal-clear waters back in the Bahamas now, he would see a man whose dreams are coming true. He’ll fulfill another one when he steps on the court for the 3-point Contest on Saturday night.

“I want to go out there and win it, not for me but for all the guys I grew up with, all the people in the Bahamas who have been with me through my struggles, all the people who know how hard I worked and how much I wanted it,” Hield said. “If you’re a shooter, you want to be in the 3-point shootout. This is one of my ultimate dreams and now it’s about to happen, so I want to show everyone back home that, if you work hard, if you put your mind to it, if believe in your faith and believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) goes to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers guard Landry Shamet (1) on Saturday, Feb. 02, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.HECTOR AMEZCUAHAMEZCUA@SACBEE.COM

JASON ANDERSON

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism career at The Bee more than 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.

All-Star journal: Don't call Buddy Hield a 'darkhorse' in the 3-point contest

Former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield, right, is one of the NBA's deadliest 3-point shooters. Hield now plays for the Sacramento Kings. [AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli]
Former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield, right, is one of the NBA's deadliest 3-point shooters. Hield now plays for the Sacramento Kings. [AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Call it a Buddy Breakout.

Pistons forward Blake Griffin may stand as the best former University of Oklahoma player currently in the NBA, and Hawks rookie Trae Young may be the most exciting past-Sooner-turned-pro right now, but Buddy Hield may be the most improved player in the league.

He’s set the NBA on fire as the leading scorer on a resurgent Sacramento Kings squad, pouring in 20.4 points per game and ranking third in the league in 3-point percentage (45.9 percent).

The 26-year-old gets a shot at his showcase moment Saturday in the NBA’s 3-Point Contest at the Spectrum Center. It’s a loaded field that features the defending champion (Suns guard Devin Booker), arguably the best 3-point shooter ever, (Golden State’s Stephen Curry) and four out of the top five players in the league this season in 3-point percentage.

Hield is one of those players, and is actually going into Saturday’s contest with the third-best odds of any player (6-to-1) to win the contest. Curry is No. 1 (7/4) followed by Booker (9/2).

At an NBA Cares event on Friday, Golden State guard Klay Thompson – a former 3-Point Contest champion – first picked Hield to win the contest before changing his mind to future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki.

Thompson said Hield was his "darkhorse" pick.

Even though he was a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Hield’s stock has grown significantly since being selected No. 6 overall by New Orleans. Hield was considered a low-upside pick because of his size at shooting guard (6-foot-4) and age (24) coming out of OU after playing four years in Norman. In the last 10 drafts, Hield is one of just five players (Frank KaminskyC.J. McCollumDamian LillardJimmer Fredette) to be a Top 10 pick after playing four years of college basketball. And Hield was older than all of them coming out of college.

Young puts George in his MVP Top 3

Friday was media day for the Rising Stars Challenge participants. Naturally, they were bombarded with league-wide questions, particularly about the Most Valuable Player race.

Young grew up a Thunder fan and he’s slotted Paul George into a three-man race with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston’s James Harden.

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#6 Theodore Edgar McCarrick • Vatican City • Pope Francis

Pope Francis defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse allegations~usatoday.com Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington, was announced five days before Francis is to lead an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world to help the church grapple with the crisis of sex abuse by clergy and systematic cover-ups by church hierarchy. The decades-long scandals have shaken the faith of many Catholics and threatened his papacy. Defrocking means McCarrick, 88, who now lives in a friary in Kansas after he lost his title of cardinal last year, won't be allowed to celebrate Mass or other sacraments. The Vatican's press office said that on Jan. 11, the Holy See's doctrinal watchdog office, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, had found McCarrick guilty of "solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power." The officials "imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state." The Sixth Commandment regards sexual behavior. In addition, McCarrick, when he was ordained a priest in 1958, took a vow of celibacy, in accordance with church rules on priests. McCarrick appealed the penalty, but the doctrinal officials earlier this week rejected his recourse, and he was notified on Friday, the Vatican announcement said. The pope "has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accordance with (church) law, rendering it as 'res iudicata,'" the Vatican said, using the Latin phrase for admitting no further recourse. Visit https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/02/16/pope-francis-theodore-mccarrick-vatican-defrock-sex-abuse/2890230002/ for full story. #popefrancis #vatican #cardinaltheodoremccarrick #theromancatholicchurch #catholic #church #defrock #sexualabuse #sex

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Former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked by Pope Francis over sexual misconduct allegations

Theodore McCarrick was once a high-ranking American cardinal. Now he’s no more than a parishioner who shows up for mass.
Feb. 16, 2019, 3:54 AM EST / Updated Feb. 16, 2019, 10:03 AM EST
By Matthew Vann and Linda Givetash

Disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after an investigation found sex abuse allegations against him were credible, the Vatican said Saturday.

The church is penalizing McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey, with "dismissal from the clerical state," it said in a statement.

He will not be able to appeal the decision.

The canonical investigation found that he was guilty of "sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power." He was also found guilty of "solicitation" during confession.

The commandment cited regards sexual behavior.

McCarrick became one of the highest-ranking Americans to be removed from public ministry amid the global scandal that has engulfed the church after he was publicly accused last year of sexually abusing two children decades ago, as well as coercing adult seminarians to sleep with him.

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McCarrick did not immediately comment Saturday.

He has previously denied one of the allegations and is unlikely to face criminal charges as they are beyond the statute of limitations.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the College of Cardinals in July and ordered him to observe a life of prayer and penance in seclusion.

The scandal was prompted by a sexual abuse allegation involving a teenage altar boy from nearly 50 years ago in New York. At the time of the claim, McCarrick issued a statement saying he had “absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse" but that he was “sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through.”

After his removal, church officials in New Jersey revealed that the 88-year-old cardinal had also been accused of sexual misconduct by adults three times in the past. Two of those accusations resulted in secret settlements, officials said.

McCarrick has not commented on subsequent allegations, including from a man who said the cardinal, a family friend, had abused him starting when he was 11.

In October Francis authorized a "thorough study" of Vatican archives into how McCarrick advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests.

The Vatican was informed in a 2000 letter from a seminary professor that McCarrick, then archbishop of Washington, had pressured seminarians to sleep with him. But McCarrick was still made a cardinal the next year, and he remained one of the American church’s most sought-after fundraisers and commencement speakers, gaining honorary degrees from prominent Catholic universities, at least six of which have been rescinded.

Last year, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former papal ambassador to the United States, wrote a public letter that called for the resignation of Pope Francis for allowing McCarrick to travel on church missions while being aware of the allegations against him. Vigano alleged that Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had imposed sanctions on McCarrick a decade ago, ordering him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.

Pope Francis has not directly responded to the allegations in Vigano’s letter.

Saturday's announcement came days before a highly anticipated meeting between Pope Francis and the heads of national Catholic bishops conferences. The Feb. 21-Feb. 24 meeting at the Vatican is being held to discuss the global sexual abuse crisis which has eroded the faith of many Catholics and threatened Francis' papacy.

The pope pleaded with sexual abusers within the church to surrender to authority in December while promising the church will "spare no efforts" to seek justice for sexual abuse victims.

"The church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case," Francis had said.

McCarrick served the Washington diocese from 2001 to 2006. He had retired as archbishop in 2006 when he turned 75 and went on to become a Vatican emissary after Francis was elected, traveling to international hotspots including Iran and lobbying Washington lawmakers, making him a global name.

He remained one of the American church’s most sought-after fundraisers and commencement speakers, gaining honorary degrees from prominent Catholic universities, at least six of which have beenrescinded.

McCarrick, 88, now lives in a friary in Kansas. The latest punishment means he won't be allowed to celebrate Mass or other sacraments.

The decision on McCarrick is a rare punishment of a high-level church official in an abuse case.

Richard Gaillardetz, chair of theology at Boston College, said ahead of Saturday's decision if Francis were to reduce McCarrick to “a lay state tells you that he’s finally beginning to get the outrage.”

He added, “He’s also recognizing that a much more stern disciplinary protocol is going to be the norm here.”

But others criticized the pope for not moving sooner.

“It’s too, little too late,” said Winnie Obike, who has organized several demonstrations at the Vatican embassy in Washington calling for consequences for abusive clergy and any church leaders who knew about the abuse.

“His offenses are just so egregious, and he has shown no sign of remorse,” she said of McCarrick before he was defrocked.

One of McCarrick's accusers issued a statement Saturday saying that while he is "happy" that the pope believed him, the cardinal's actions will "always haunt the church."

"This great historical and holy situation is giving rise to all Catholics and victims of abuse across the world. It’s is time for us to prepare for the complete cleansing of the church," James Grein said.

CORRECTION (Feb. 16, 2019, 10:03 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the years in which Theodore McCarrick served the Washington diocese. It was from 2001 to 2006, not 1981 to 1986.

Matthew Vann reported from Washington, and Linda Givetash from London.

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