Archive for August 27th, 2018
Over this past weekend, former U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Vigano published a letter claiming that Pope Francis and other high-ranking officials in the Catholic Church had covered up, among other things, former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse of seminarians and a homosexual “network” of clerics. News media quickly reported that key facts in Vigano’s letter were not accurate. We want to make sure you are aware of both sides of the story, so take advantage of the links below:
- Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s Letter — Testimony of His excellency Carlo Maria Vigano, Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana, Apostolic Nuncio
- The New York Times — Pope Francis long knew of cardinal’s abuse and must resign, archbishop says, By Jason Horowitz
- National Catholic Reporter — Former ambassador Vigano accuses Vatican of covering up McCarrick scandal for years, By Joshua J. McElwee
- National Catholic Reporter — Vigano Letter exposes the putsch against Pope Francis, By Michael Sean Winters
- America magazine — Vigano’s accusations: What we know and what questions they raise, By Michael J. O’Loughlin
- Cruxnow.com — Making sense of McCarrick cover-up charges against Pope Francis, By John L. Allen, Jr.
Its (Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s letter) unsubstantiated allegations and personal attacks amounted to an extraordinary public declaration of war against Francis’ papacy … (The New York Times)
On the final day of Pope Francis’ mission to Ireland, as he issued wrenching apologies for clerical sex abuse scandals, a former top Vatican diplomat claimed in a letter published on Sunday (Aug. 25) that the pope himself had joined top Vatican officials in covering up the abuses and called for his resignation.
“The letter, a bombshell written by Carlo Maria Viganò, the former top Vatican diplomat in the United States and a staunch critic of the pope’s, seemed timed to do more than simply derail Francis’ uphill efforts to win back the Irish faithful, who have turned away from the church in large numbers.
“Its unsubstantiated allegations and personal attacks amounted to an extraordinary public declaration of war against Francis’ papacy at perhaps its most vulnerable moment, intended to unseat a pope whose predecessor, Benedict XVI, was the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years.
“Archbishop Viganò claimed that the Vatican hierarchy was complicit in covering up accusations that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had sexually abused seminarians and that Pope Francis knew about the abuses by the now-disgraced American prelate years before they became public. Yet, the letter contended, Francis did not punish the cardinal, but instead empowered him to help choose powerful American bishops.
By Jason Horowitz, The New York Times — Read more …