Pope Franz declined to comment on the claims of the former American ambassador.
Pope Franz refused to confirm or deny the allegations of former Vatican ambassador to the United States, Carl Maria Vigana. that the head of the Catholic Church reported in 2013 about the suspicions of sexual abuse against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. This was indicated by AP on Monday evening.
František got a question from a weekend visit from Ireland back to Rome on Sunday night or Vigan claims he spoke to McCarrick this year. Journalists also asked him to claim that McCarrick had already been punished, but František rehabilitated him.
Archbishop Vigano accuses the leadership of the Roman covenant in a statement of eleven pages on Sunday that he was aware at the beginning of the 21st century of the behavior of the former archbishop Washington McCarrick and was called Cardinal. The pope urges him to resign as a result of McCarrick's case.
The Pope said at a press conference on airlines that Vigan's statement "speaks for itself" and that he will not comment on it. He added that Viganov has read the document and trusted journalists regarding their judgment. "I will not say a word about it," he said. In July of this year, the Pope accepted the resignation of McCarrick and ordered him to "live in prayer and in repentance". The eclectic Washington archbishop also got a ban on public appearances and had to stay in the house that the church had appointed him.
This step was taken by the pope after the American church research institutes came to the conclusion that the claim that McCarrick had abused the youngster was based on credible information. It is not yet known when a cemetery starts with a former cardinal. McCarrick, eighth, was one of the highest representatives of the Catholic Church in the United States. He is accused of sexual harassment of other boys and seminarians.