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A former Vatican representative to the United States is calling on Pope Francis to resign writing in an 11-page testament that he knew of the sex abuse allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick but covered them up.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington DC from 2011 to 2016 said that Pope Francis knew of the allegations as early as 2013, according to the National Catholic Register.
The article goes on to state the following:
Vigano said in his letter that he personally told Pope Francis that McCarrick was accused of inappropriate behavior and Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick ordering him to a life of penance.
Vigano told the outlet that Pope Francis ‘continued to cover’ for McCarrick and ‘not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him’. Vigano said in 2009 or 2010, Pope Benedict implemented sanctions that stated McCarrick ‘was to leave the seminary where he was living. He was also forbidden to celebrate (Mass) in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lecturers, to travel, with the obligation of dedicating himself to a life of prayer and penance’.
He said instead of taking action, Pope Francis revoked the sanctions and made McCarrick his ‘trusted counselor’.
“Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.” Conclusion of 11-page letter from former papal nuncio to the US. Take the time to read it, pray for Church https://t.co/oo2S1c6U1p
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) August 26, 2018
The former Papal Ambassador to the US says @Pontifex covered up for Cardinal McCarrick, who abused seminarians. And sensationally calls on Pope Francis to resign. The document is now being reported as genuine, this is explosive #Stand4Truth pic.twitter.com/wvEzFTgBpe
— Colm O’Gorman (@Colmogorman) August 26, 2018
Pope Francis, trying to win back Ireland, wakes to a bombshell from former Vatican bigwig, accusing him of concealing abuse reports and calling for him to resign. Follow our live coverage of the pope’s visit: https://t.co/Y3JVRYz5WV
— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) August 26, 2018
“We must tear down the conspiracy of silence with which bishops and priests have protected themselves at the expense of their faithful,” Archbishop Vigano, from his letter of Aug. 25, 2018 asking for Pope Francis to resign. #ViganoTestimony #Vigano pic.twitter.com/5ogFyWG7zd
— Veri Catholici (@VeriCatholici) August 26, 2018
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 26, 2018
I believe that the conclusion of this extraordinary letter is unavoidable. Pope Francis must resign.https://t.co/0iXjCPvdyP
— Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) August 26, 2018
Lots of people calling for Pope Francis to resign if this Vigano stuff is true, but honestly, I don’t know how that happens. There is already one living ex-Pope. Can you imagine two? It’s not Avignon, exactly, but it’s still unnerving.
— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) August 26, 2018
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