Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Pope Francis must resign, says former Vatican ambassador after Cardinal’s sex abuse

Pope Francis must resign, says former Vatican ambassador after Cardinal’s sex abuse

"I will say sincerely that I must say this, to you", he said to journalists, "and all of you who are interested: Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves".

The American church's scandal took a new twist Sunday, when two conservative Catholic news outlets, the National Catholic Register and LifeSiteNews, published a letter attributed to a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S.

On this, said Francis, "I will not say a single word".

Vigano, 77, a conservative whose hard-line anti-gay views are well known, has always been seen as a critic of Pope Francis, who is viewed as more moderate.

"Holy Father, I don't know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation of Bishops, there is a dossier this thick about him", Vigano says he replied.

The Pope told reporters he believes the statement from Vigano speaks for itself.

Before concluding a two-day visit, he asked for forgiveness in front of a large gathering in the capital.

Hundreds of kilometers (miles) away, somber protesters marched through the Irish town of Tuam and recited the names of 796 babies and young children who died at a Catholic-run orphanage there, most during the 1950s.

In the Irish capital, about 5,000 abuse victims and supporters braved the weather to attend a "Stand for Truth" rally. She sent me a memo and I haven't been able to read it yet.

It was the first papal trip to Ireland since John Paul II spoke in front of 1.5 million people in 1979.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, a progressive, expressed "shock, sadness and consternation" at the wide-ranging allegations, which he said "cannot be understood as contributing to the healing of survivors of sexual abuse".

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"I do not know when Pope Benedict took these measures against McCarrick, whether in 2009 or 2010, because in the meantime I had been transferred to the Governorate of Vatican City State, just as I do not know who was responsible for this incredible delay", he said.

The pope went to Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families - a global Catholic gathering that addressed issues including the treatment of gay people in the Church.

"Then, it depends on the age... it is one thing if it's manifested in children, there are many things one can do with a psychiatrist". DNA analysis of some remains last year showed the dead ranged from 35 weeks to 3-years-old and most were buried in the 1950s.

The pope met with eight victims of clerical, religious and institutional abuse on Saturday and said he would seek a greater commitment to eliminating this "scourge".

Archbishop Vigano also said that Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., was the first prelate informed of the sanctions against McCarrick.

Cupich urged people to also focus on the language and tone of the letter, which he said reflects a political polarization, especially among those within the church who criticize the pope for his focus on migrants, people who are marginalized and those left behind by the economy. He said he felt "consolation of having helped clarify these things".

The Church's standing has been badly dented by the abuse scandals and the Irish have shed traditional Catholic mores, voting earlier this year to legalise abortion after approving same-sex marriage in 2015.

The abuse scandal has devastated the church's reputation in Ireland since the 1990s and exploded anew in the United States.

'We can never, ever, ever have these abuses again in Ireland.

A devastating report earlier this month accused more than 300 priests in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania of abusing more than 1,000 children since the 1950s.

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