An archbishop is alleging that Pope Francis was long aware of sexual misconduct allegations and has called on him to resign. Do you think Pope Francis will resign? Scroll down to see how people around America voted.
According to NPR, allegations on the Catholic church’s history keep coming to light, and now a shocking new revelation has surfaced. A former Vatican diplomat in Washington, who is now an archbishop, is speaking out in a 7,000-word letter and making some shocking claims. Carlo Maria Viganό, is alleging that top Catholic Church officials, including Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, were long aware of sexual misconduct allegations against former D.C. archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
McCarrick resigned last month, amid the claims he sexually abused both children and adult seminarians for decades. In an 11-page personal testimony, Viganό claims both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis allowed McCarrick to continue his religious practices, even after knowing about the alleged abuse he inflicted. Viganό goes on to name several other Vatican officials who were involved in the covering up of McCarrick’s crimes, which included Pope Francis.
Viganό states in his letter that he came to realize Pope Francis was aware, after the pope asked him about McCarrick. Viganό responded, “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.”
He goes on to explain how the Pope’s reaction led him to believe he already knew about McCarrick’s crimes. “The Pope did not make the slightest comment about those very grave words of mine and did not show any expression of surprise on his face, as if he had already known the matter for some time, and he immediately changed the subject,” Viganό wrote.
In his letter, Viganό calls for Pope Francis to set a good example for cardinals and bishops, by resigning. He blames “homosexual networks” for the cover-up behind the church abuse. The Washington Post pointed out that the often controversial Viganό, does not provide proof for the claims made in his letter. He has been faced with his own scandals in the past, including an attempt to cover up an investigation into the clergy abuse in Minnesota. Viganό has also been known to be a critic of Francis in the past, so he may or may not be the most credible source.
The Vatican has not commented on the letter. Read the full story from NPR here.
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An archbishop is alleging that Pope Francis was long aware of sexual misconduct allegations and has called on him to resign. Do you think Pope Francis will resign?
Yes, prevent scandal
No, won’t happen