Archbishop ‘in hiding’ after accusing Pope of sex abuse cover-up

BBC:-  A former Vatican diplomat who accused the Pope of covering up reports of clerical sex abuse is lying low over fears for his safety, it is claimed.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote in a letter that Pope Francis knew of allegations against a US cardinal five years before accepting his resignation.

Italian blogger Aldo Maria Valli later said the archbishop had told him that he had “purchased an aeroplane ticket”.

The senior priest has made no further comment since the weekend.

Recounting a meeting between the pair, Valli describes what the archbishop told him, writing: “He will leave the country. He cannot tell me where he is going. I am not to look for him. His old mobile phone number will no longer work. We say goodbye for the last time.”

Similar claims that the archbishop is concerned about his safety were made by Edward Pentin of the conservative National Catholic Register.

Journalist Marco Tosatti, who says he helped the archbishop draft his bombshell 11-page letter, which was published on Sunday, told the BBC: “I don’t know where he may be. He told me that he wanted to remain quiet. And at the moment, he’s not answering his phone.”

In his letter, Archbishop Vigano said he told Pope Francis that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, had been accused of sexually abusing lower-ranking seminarians and priests over decades.

He said Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had taken action against the cardinal, forcing him to withdraw to a life of “prayer and penance”.

However, he said Francis had lifted the sanctions against him and allowed him to return to full duties.

Pope Francis “knew from at least 23 June 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator”, the archbishop wrote, adding: “He knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end.”

McCarrick, now 88, resigned in disgrace in July.

“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,” Archbishop Vigano wrote.

The archbishop, who served as the Vatican’s envoy in Washington from 2011 until 2016, has produced no evidence of his alleged 2013 conversation with the Pope.

His letter was published as the Pope addressed sexual abuse by priests during a two-day visit to Ireland.

How has the Pope reacted?

Pope Francis has declined to comment on the claims against him.

“I will not say a word about that. I think the statement speaks for itself,” he told journalists on his plane as he flew back to Rome on Monday.

How have Catholics responded?

Reaction from within the Catholic community has varied widely, reflecting divided attitudes to Pope Francis.

While more progressive Catholics have praised the Pope’s engagement with social issues, the church’s conservative wing regard him as unsuitably liberal.

Some Catholics have called for a full investigation into Archbishop Vigano’s allegations.

Others have pointed to perceived inconsistencies – including the fact that Cardinal McCarrick was seen in public with Pope Benedict after the date he was supposedly sanctioned by him.

Nicolas Seneze, the Rome correspondent for the French daily La Croix, told the AFP news agency there is “a clear desire to attack” the pontiff.

4 Comments

  1. Scandal observation
    August 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Why should he be in fear of his life,why because the pope himself threatened him,we all are well aware of the popes abilities to cover up something of this magnitude,should not come as a shock at all.the pope would do everyone a favor and take a aeroplane ride and never be heard from again.

  2. Victim
    August 28, 2018 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Why does he fear the pope,the pope is just another man like he is,he is not telling someone something everyone does not already know,the pope has probably abused young boys also.

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  4. Christian SDA
    August 29, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply

    He will be afraid because he knows what the pope is capable of doing because he the pope ain’t nothing easy. He not God the devil uses him to perform miracles and some of us are fooled by him.. the pope have killed soooo many popes and priest in the past.. ready about this and the truth will be unfold.

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