The Catholic Church continues the struggle in finding their way after a riveting, global sexual abuse scandal has driven droves away from the faith and now some are calling for Pope Francis to officially resign. Though sexual abuse allegations involving the Church extends far beyond the Pope’s papacy began in 2013, it has been suggested that he’s allegedly covered up knowledge that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teen boy decades ago and was involved in other gregarious acts.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick led the Archdiocese of Washington and officially resigned in July. He was the first Cardinal in 91 years to resign, and many suggest Pope Francis should follow his lead.
Calls for Pope Francis’ resignation surfaced on Sunday when Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who previously served as a Vatican ambassador, made his opinions known in an 11-page testimony. Archbishop Viganò states that Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions against McCarrick but when Pope Francis took the papacy he overturned those restrictions through a repeal.
BREAKING: The former nuncio claims Pope Francis knew that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed sanctions on then-Cardinal McCarrick, but chose to repeal them. https://t.co/zXpMNwFqiu
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) August 26, 2018
Archbishop Viganò delivered his 11-page testimonial to multiple news agencies that cover Catholic news. Some of his allegations were disturbing and the move to encourage Pope Francis’ resignation quickly caught steam online.
On Sunday morning, many people joined in and voiced the opinion that it is time for the Pope to step down.
Others insisted that the Archbishop has another reason for his complaints and they are standing firmly with Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has publicly stated that the Church must seek forgiveness for the sexual abuse scandal including cover-ups and justice for innocent victims must be rendered.
The document is being shared online and many people who are reading it are walking away outraged and incensed. Archbishop Viganò did not hold back regarding his views about Pope Francis’ involvement with McCarrick continued placement within the church.
“Francis is abdicating the mandate which Christ gave to Peter to confirm the brethren. Indeed, by his
action he has divided them, led them into error, and encouraged the wolves to continue to tear apart the
sheep of Christ’s flock. In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, 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.”
My God. It's all here. Francis knew about McCarrick. The former Vatican ambassador to the US spills all about the lavender mafia in the Vatican, and in the US hierarchy. It's a total massacre. How can Francis survive this? https://t.co/xYJYYEFO4d
— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) August 26, 2018
Many are voicing the feeling that if Pope Francis were to truly show he is on the side of victims, he would need to remove himself due to McCarrick becoming a Cardinal under his papacy.
Did you read Archbishop Viganò’s testimonial? What are your thoughts?