Trouble In The Vatican: Powerful Italian Archbishop Asks Pope Francis To Resign
Something isn’t right at the helm of the Catholic church; the pope and his bishops are quarreling.
And its all about the sex abuse by priests.
This has gotten to the extent that one of the bishops, an Archbishop Carlo Vigano, on Friday, August 31st called on Pope Francis to resign.
The Archbishop said Pope Francis should resign because he knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal, and did nothing about it.
But Vigano has gone into hiding since his 11-page statement and has been communicating through Aldo Maria Valli, an Italian television journalist.
Reacting, the cleric was quoted as saying: “I have never had feelings of vendetta and rancour in all these years.
“I spoke out because corruption has reached the top levels of Church hierarchy,” said Vigano, who was also a former Vatican ambassador to Washington.
Italian media has reported he was upset because he was never made a cardinal by former Pope Benedict or because Francis blocked his promotion.
In his controversial statement, Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and U.S Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace.
One of the people he attacked in the statement is Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Secretary of State under former Pope Benedict.
On his flight home from Ireland last Sunday, Francis told newsmen he would “not say one word” about the accusations.
“Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves,” he said.
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