Ex-Vatican official issues call for Pope Francis' resignation

Larry Hoffman
August 28, 2018

DiNardo had previously expressed hope that Pope Francis would grant him a papal audience to discuss Cardinal McCarrick's alleged abuses, which involve both mature seminarians and minors.

His eleven-page letter accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 about the former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

At a Mass on Sunday in Dublin's Phoenix Park, the culmination of his two-day visit to Ireland, Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the "abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, conscience and sexual abuses" perpetrated by Church leaders.

Vigano also mentioned in his letter "two documents from the same Littleton, in which he recounted his tragic story of sexual abuse by (McCarrick)".

McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington who is now 88, resigned last month after a United States church probe found "credible" allegations that he had sexually assaulted seminarians and minors, including an 11-year-old boy.

The Vatican's ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2016, Vigano said his two immediate predecessors "did not fail" to inform the Holy See about accusations against McCarrick, starting in 2000. He said the letter, with its unsubstantiated claims, "speaks for itself", according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US from 2011-2016, said his two immediate predecessors "did not fail" to inform the Holy See about accusations against McCarrick, starting in 2000.

Archbishop Vigano criticized Pope Francis for not taking action against Cardinal McCarrick after he claimed he told the pope of the allegations in 2013.

Per Vigano's account, McCarrick's misconduct with seminarians was known in Catholic hierarchy for years, and former Pope Benedict XVI ordered him to seclusion for prayer and penance almost a decade ago.

Vigano called for Francis' resignation over what he said was his complicity in covering up McCarrick's crimes.

Vigano wrote he was surprised to find that McCarrick started traveling on missions on behalf of the church soon thereafter, including to China.

Littleton was removed from Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte in 2004 after the Diocese of Charlotte said it found the New Jersey accusations "credible". McCarrick was known to have been one of the Vatican's intermediaries in the U.S. -Cuba talks in 2014.

"A new episode of internal opposition", the Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano said Monday of Vigano's allegations.

Vigano's statement railed against "homosexual networks present in the Church" - the word "homosexual" appears 18 times, while the word "child" appears only twice, in both cases in the titles of Church documents Vigano cites.

Since the Polish pope's visit, there have been huge changes in public attitudes to social issues including abortion, contraception, divorce and same-sex marriage.

Vigano's letter also mentions Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Francis' point man on the safety of children in the church.

However, Francis subsequently rehabilitated him.

The coverup accusation, which Vigano denied, concerned accusations he tried to quash an investigation into a former archbishop accused of misconduct. No charges were filed.

Years of sexual abuse scandals have shattered the credibility of the church, which dominated Irish society four decades ago.

"He was very emotional and upset at the end the effort", Tosatti told AP, adding that Vigano left Tosatti's home afterward without saying where he was going.

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