VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis lamented Wednesday how Irish church authorities failed to answer the crimes of sexual abuse, talking throughout his first public look on the Vatican after bombshell accusations that he himself coated up for an American cardinal’s misdeeds.
Francis presided over his weekly normal viewers in St. Peter’s Sq. and spoke about his weekend journey to Eire, the place the abuse scandal has devastated the Catholic Church’s credibility. The ultimate day of the journey was overshadowed by launch of a doc from a retired Holy See diplomat accusing Vatican authorities, together with Francis, of protecting up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick regardless of understanding for years that he repeatedly slept with seminarians.
The writer of the doc — retired Vatican ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano — mentioned Francis ought to resign for his complicity within the McCarrick scandal, which has implicated twenty years’ price of U.S. and Vatican church leaders.
Francis referred Wednesday to the Irish tradition of coverup, however he omitted from his remarks a line in his ready textual content noting how he had prayed in Eire for the Virgin Mary to intervene to offer the church energy to “firmly pursue fact and justice” to assist victims heal.
U.S. bishops, in addition to rank-and-file Catholics, have referred to as for an impartial investigation to search out out who knew about McCarrick’s abuse and when, and the way he was in a position to rise via the ranks though it was an open secret that he repeatedly invited seminarians to his New Jersey seashore home and into his mattress.
Francis final month eliminated McCarrick as a cardinal and ordered him to stay a lifetime of penance and prayer after a U.S. church investigation decided that an allegation he groped a teenage altar boy within the 1970s was credible.
Vigano’s 11-page j’accuse alleges that Francis knew of McCarrick’s penchant for grownup seminarians beginning in 2013, however rehabilitated him from sanctions that Pope Benedict XVI had allegedly imposed on him in 2009 or 2010. The claims have shaken Francis’ five-year papacy.
There may be ample proof, nonetheless, that the Vatican beneath Benedict and St. John Paul II additionally coated up the data, and that any reported sanctions Benedict imposed had been by no means enforced since McCarrick travelled extensively for the church throughout these years, together with to Rome to fulfill with Benedict and rejoice Mass with different U.S. bishops on the tomb of St. Peter.
Vigano supplied no proof that Francis had lifted the alleged sanctions, saying solely that McCarrick introduced after a gathering with the pope that he was going to China.
However he mentioned McCarrick had turn out to be an in depth adviser to Francis, who was searching for to nominate extra pastorally-minded bishops to the U.S. church, which he believed had turn out to be too ideologically pushed by right-wingers.