“Pope Francis Must Be The First To Set A Good Example And Resign”

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From top: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Apostolic Nuncio to United States; Pope Francis greets Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC, who resigned last month over claims he sexually abused seminary students and an altar boy.

A former Vatican ambassador to Washington said Sunday that he told Pope Francis in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest – and that Francis took no action.

Now, the former official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, is calling for Francis to step down:

“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”

Vigano, who retired in 2016 at age 75, described an exchange with Francis on June 23, 2013, shortly after he became pope, about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington D.C., who resigned last month over claims he sexually abused seminary students and an altar boy.

Vigano writes that he told Francis about the allegations:

“Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”

But Francis, who replaced Benedict in March 2013, lifted the restrictions and brought McCarrick back into favour, Archbishop Viganò said.

The pope made him a “trusted counsellor” advising him on key appointments…

Former Vatican official claims Pope Francis knew of abusive priest and calls for his resignation (CBS)

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10 thoughts on ““Pope Francis Must Be The First To Set A Good Example And Resign”

  1. DeKloot

    But shure he keeps asking for God’s forgiveness and as long as The Faithful keep swallyin’ that oul guff, shure he’ll be grand…

  2. Lilly

    I’m starting to feel sorry for him. It sounds as if years of experience as a Mafia Don would be more useful for operating successfully within the Vatican than Papal infallibility. He’s an innocent abroad.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    Francis is not a reformer. He’s the cuddly and ever so ‘umble media friendly version of the same old same old corrupt organisation that’s covered up rape and abuse since the time of the Borgias. He’ll pray and beg forgiveness out of one side of his mouth, but out of the other he’ll call rape survivors liars and appoint, rather than fire and hand over to the authorities bishops who are steeped in protecting their rapist mates.

    All talk, no action the perfect PR pontiff.

  4. tommy

    If these revelations are true his position is untenable
    Its time that the state started enforcing the billion and a half plus euro the catholic churches agents and institutions owe for its abuse
    They can start by freezing the assets of every catholic order pending court proceedings
    Its time also church was removed from the hospitals by compulsory purchase of all hospitals and the money frozen in a holding account pending redress

  5. nellyb

    Internet says Vogano is a vocal gay basher and his disclosures are about repairing church reputation, not justice for victims. He jumped on disclosures bandwagon because it suits him in power struggle. He doesn’t seem to call for disclosures on child trafficking or women exploitation. Only for abused boys and seminarians, since he’s blaming homosexuals for all church’s ills.
    But may be he’s golden and it’s all a smear campaign. Who can you trust now days…

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