August 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –
Pope Francis sidestepped questions today about explosive allegations that he knew of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse, and nevertheless lifted sanctions that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed against the cardinal.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011-2016, wrote in a letter published last night that, after Pope Francis’ election, he had communicated the problems about McCarrick to the Pope, but rather than continue the sanctions, Pope Francis made McCarrick “his trusted counsellor.”
Pope was questioned about the allegation aboard the papal plane this evening on the way back to Rome after his visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.
“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment. I am not going to say a word about this,”
Pope Francis said.
“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions. It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.”