In a press release Sunday, former Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano stated he informed the Pope about allegations of sexual abuse in opposition to high-profile American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 5 years in the past, however that the Pontiff did nothing about it.
“He [Pope Francis] knew from at the least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator,” Vigano stated within the prolonged assertion, including, “though he knew that he was a corrupt man, he coated him to the bitter finish.”
“It was solely when he was compelled by the report of the abuse of a minor, once more on the idea of media consideration, that he took motion [regarding McCarrick] to save lots of his picture within the media,” Vigano continued.
A supply near Vigano confirmed the letter is real. CNN has to this point not acquired a response from the Vatican.
Vigano, who retired in 2016 at age 75, referred to as for the Pontiff to resign over his failure to behave. “Pope Francis have to be the primary to set a great instance to Cardinals and Bishops who coated up McCarrick’s abuses and resign together with all of them,” he stated.
Vigano additionally says Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was conscious of studies of sexual abuse by his predecessor McCarrick.
“Cardinal Wuerl, properly conscious of the continual abuses dedicated by Cardinal McCarrick and the sanctions imposed on him by Pope Benedict, transgressing the Pope’s order additionally allowed him to reside at a seminary in Washington D.C.,” stated Vigano.
“In doing so, he put different seminarians in danger,” he added.
The Pennsylvania report discovered that greater than 1,000 minors had been sexually abused by greater than 300 Catholic monks over seven many years.
On Saturday, the Pope once more spoke in Dublin of his disgrace over the “appalling crimes” of historic youngster abuse within the Catholic Church and stated outrage was justified, though he didn’t point out the Pennsylvania scandal particularly.
In the meantime, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who spoke forward of the Pope on Saturday, didn’t skirt the present abuse revelations which have emerged in Pennsylvania.
“In current weeks, now we have all listened to heartbreaking tales from Pennsylvania of brutal crimes perpetrated by individuals inside the Catholic Church, after which obscured to guard the establishment on the expense of harmless victims,” he stated. “It’s a story all too tragically acquainted right here in Eire.”
Delia Gallagher reported from Dublin, Sheena McKenzie wrote in London. Jennifer Hauser and Eliza Waterproof coat contributed to this report.