Is This Archbishop Out To Destroy Pope Francis?
So, something that wreaks badly is stirring the holy see.
While you may not call it an outright fight, the accusations and counter accusations against Pope Francis on what he knew or didn’t know about the priests accused of sexual misconduct may not leave the catholic church the same again.
So, last week, an Italian archbishop, Carlo Vigano accused Pope Francis of covering up a cardinal’s sexual misconduct and even demanded that Pope Francis resign his papacy.
He then went into hiding and refused to say more.
But he has now escalated his offensive with new, detailed accusations that put increasing pressure on a pontiff who the archbishop and his supporters say has misled the faithful and should resign.
Archbishop Viganò, initially said he would turn off his phone and disappear into hiding for fear of his safety. But he then made a series of new accounts in conservative Roman Catholic news outlets.
In a new letter published late Friday by the conservative website LifeSiteNews, the archbishop gave his version of events leading up to the pope’s controversial September 2015 meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, according to New York Times.
His description contradicted the Vatican’s own account of that private meeting, maintaining that Francis’ lieutenants lied to the public about the encounter, which threatened to eclipse the pope’s entire trip to the United States that month.
A letter by Archbishop Viganò made public last weekend alleged that the Vatican hierarchy was complicit in covering up accusations that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had sexually abused seminarians and that Pope Francis knew about the abuses years before they became public.
It also said that rather than punishing the cardinal, Francis empowered him to help choose powerful American bishops.
Archbishop Viganò has aligned himself with a conservative group of powerful prelates, in both the Vatican and the United States, who have seized on the clerical sex abuse scandal to try to damage Francis and his agenda.
They believe the pope is abandoning the church’s rules and traditions through his shift away from culture-war issues like abortion in favour of an emphasis on inclusion, including toward gays, whom Archbishop Viganò and his allies blame for pedophilia in the church.
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