Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help

Pope Francis held talks with Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo Pope Francis held talks with Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo
Jeannette Daniel | 10 October, 2018, 16:27

Francis had nothing to do with the promotion of McCarrick to New York, Metuchen, Newark or Washington.

Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellett said Archbishop Vigano's "unjustified attack" was a "political manoeuver without any real foundation" that aimed "to incriminate the pope".

Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw the papacy into turmoil with his claims about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the head of the Vatican's bishops office said there is no documentary evidence backing up Vigano's claims that Francis annulled sanctions against McCarrick.

The archbishop had issued an open letter to Cardinal Ouellet in late September urging him to tell what he knew about now-Archbishop McCarrick.

But, Cardinal Ouellet said, rumors about Archbishop McCarrick did reach the Vatican years ago, so both he and his predecessor, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, made requests to Archbishop McCarrick "not to travel or to make public appearances, in order to avoid new rumors about him".

Ouellet's letter marked the Vatican's first direct response to Vigano's 11-page denunciation published August 26 in which he accused two dozen Vatican and USA church officials of covering up for McCarrick since 2000, and demanded Francis resign for his role in the scandal.

Archbishop Vigano's letters, he said, "inflict a very painful wound" on the church, "which you claim to serve better, aggravating divisions and the bewilderment of the people of God!"

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The statement added that "the Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues". Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, conference vice president, also is in Rome for the synod, and the two US leaders were expected to meet privately with Pope Francis Oct. 8 as questions continue over the handling of years of allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington.

Card Ouellet writes that looked at "the facts" that Mgr Viganò describes starting with the audience of 23 June 2013 during which he claimed to have informed Pope Francis about "the McCarrick case", when he was one of "many other pontifical representatives whom" the Pope was meeting "for the first time on that day".

"I imagine the enormous quantity of verbal and written information that he would have gathered on that occasion about many persons and situations".

Archbishop Vigano implied that Francis still rehabilitated McCarrick from the "canonical sanctions" and made him a trusted counsellor. I strongly doubt that McCarrick was of interest to him to the point that you believed him to be, since at the moment he was an 82-year-old Archbishop Emeritus who had been without an appointment for seven years.

Cardinal DiNardo said he and all the USA bishops "offer our prayers and solidarity for the Holy Father".

7 statement was a response to the Vatican's announcement that it would review its files pertaining to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Archbishop McCarrick, who has been accused in recent months of serially sexually abusing two teenage boys, and of sexually coercing and assaulting priests and seminarians during decades of ministry as a bishop. "After re-examining the archives, I certify that there are no such documents signed by either pope".

McCarrick escaped being sanctioned because "at that time, unlike today, there was not sufficient proof of his alleged guilt".

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