Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

Former Vatican ambassador calls on Pope to resign

Pope Francis on Sunday declined to comment on a letter by a former Vatican official that he had ignored sexual abuse claims against USA cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was forced to resign last month.

Pope Francis says he "will not say a single word" on a former archbishop's call for him to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against a prominent cardinal in 2013.

The document, published by the National Catholic Register, is attributed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano - who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington from 2011 to 2016 and is known for being at ideological odds with Pope Francis.

"He knew from at least June 23, 2013, that McCarrick was a serial predator", the retired Italian wrote, adding that although the pope "knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end".

He said Pope Benedict XVI eventually sanctioned McCarrick in 2009 or 2010 to a lifetime of penance and prayer, and to no longer celebrate Mass in public or travel.

When asked about Archbishop Vigano's reputation, Figueiredo replied, "I know him personally".

In the letter, Vigano accused the former Vatican secretaries of state under the previous two popes of having ignored detailed denunciations against McCarrick for years.

On Sunday, Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin: "None of us can fail to be moved by the stories of young people who suffered abuse, were robbed of their innocence and left scarred".

These have added to testimonies from several former seminarians who claimed that McCarrick abused and harrassed them. It was the first resignation of a Cardinal in connection with sex abuse claims. "The cardinal, muttering in a barely comprehensible way, admitted that he had perhaps made the mistake of sleeping in the same bed with some seminarians at his beach house, but he said this as if it had no importance", Archbishop Vigano wrote.

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He was one of the highest-ranking church officials accused of sex abuse in a scandal that has rocked the 1.2 billion-member faith since reports of priests abusing children and bishops covering up for them were reported by the Boston Globe in 2002.

The Roman Catholic Church is being shaken to its core by yet another round of sexual misconduct allegations.

Vigano urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue.

In July, McCarrick resigned as cardinal after he was removed from official duties in June.

But the bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, told his parishioners he thinks the allegations are "credible".

Vigano also said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was aware of reports of sexual abuse by his predecessor McCarrick.

Meanwhile, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who spoke ahead of the Pope on Saturday, did not skirt the current abuse revelations that have emerged in Pennsylvania.

In January, almost two years after the release of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life, "Amoris Laetitia", the former nuncio was among several prelates who signed a document criticizing ministry to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics and the possibility that, under some conditions, some of those Catholics could return to the sacraments.

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