UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Pope Francis on Sunday reacted to accusations that he allegedly covered allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He invited journalists to draw their “own conclusions”.
The Pope Francis declined Sunday to comment on statements of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio in Washington between 2011 and 2016, who called to resign, accusing him of having knowledge in five years of sexual abuse that American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was sanctioned last July by the Vatican.
“I will not say a word about it. I think this document speaks for itself and you have enough journalistic capacity to reach your own conclusions, “said the head of the Catholic Church.
In an 11-page document released during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, Carlo Maria Vigano claims to have alerted in June 2013 the newly elected pope of sexual abuse which was incriminated Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The archbishop also refers to “a conspiracy of silence” within the Church “not so different from that prevailing in the Mafia” and calls all who would be involved to resign.
“At this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church […] he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in accordance with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set an example to the cardinals and bishops who have covered the abuse McCarrick and resign with them all,” adds the prelate.
This is not the first revelation of this type that touches the American Church. Nearly two weeks ago, a Pennsylvania grand jury published the findings of an investigation that revealed that 301 priests have been guilty of sexual abuse of minors over the last 70 years.