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.
This testimony by former Nuncio to the US, Arch. Vigano is devastating. He claims that Pope Francis knew that McCarrick was under sanctions by Pope Benedict for his behavior. But Francis chose to repeal them. Vigano also claims other bishops knew. https://t.co/v0ROfLBZMs
— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) August 26, 2018
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…