Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò issued an extraordinary statement Saturday alleging that Pope Francis had a direct role in covering up the widespread culture of child abuse among the Catholic Church leadership. A former apostolic nuncio to the United States, Viganò issued an 11-page statement detailing allegations against several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's crimes against children.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has written an 11 page testimony claiming: <br><br>- Pope Benedict punished Cardinal Ted McCarrick<br><br>-Cardinal Wuerl was aware of McCarrick's abuse<br><br>- Pope Francis was aware of McCarrick's actions and did not punish him<br><br>HUGE<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/catholic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#catholic</a></p>— Catholic Arena (@CatholicArena) <a href="https://twitter.com/CatholicArena/status/1033520412724998150?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Viganò also claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI over the sexual abuse against children yet Pope Francis repealed the sanctions anyway.
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77-year-old Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016. Viganò's statement says in the late 2000s; Pope Benedict had "imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis." Viganò also revealed that he had personally informed Pope Francis of those sanctions in 2013. The ex-nuncio says Pope Francis "continued to cover" for McCarrick and not only did he "not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him" but even made McCarrick "his trusted counselor."
Viganò said his "conscience dictates" that the he tell the truth about "the corruption that has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy." He ended his testimony by calling for Pope Francis and everyone else involved in the cover up of McCarrick's abuse to resign. Pope Francis was just in Ireland this Saturday doing damage control. While he was there he said the sex abuse scandals brought "pain and shame" to Catholics and vowed "stringent" changes. Viganò's 11-page testimony against the pope can be viewed on Scribd below:
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