Vatican: Pope Francis Accused of Covering Up Sex Abuse by Former Top Vatican Official

Pope Francis has been accused by a former top Vatican official of covering up sex abuse in the Catholic Church for years.
Francis, who at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland over the weekend apologized to the faithful for cover-ups from others, has since given an enigmatic response to the accusations.

Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ², who previously served as the Vatican's ambassador to the United States in one of the top diplomatic positions, states in an 11-page letter, published in The National Catholic Register, that "corruption had reached the very top of the Church's hierarchy."

ViganĂ² claims that Francis and other Vatican officials were made aware of the long list of accusations against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, including that he took sexual advantage of young seminarians.

He insists that Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick in 2009 or 2010 and ordered him to withdraw to prayer and penance, but that Francis decided to cover for him and even put him in a position of a trusted counselor.

The alleged papal cover-up of McCarrick continued for years, the letter states, until finally the cardinal was removed from public ministry in June.

Francis "knew from at least June 23 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator," Vigano declares. He adds that even though the pope "knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end."

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