Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S © Romano Siciliani (KNA)
Former Vatican diplomat Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has called on U.S. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to make a public confession of guilt. He should finally show remorse for his "sins, crimes and sacrileges".
In light of an upcoming Vatican ruling on McCarrick's offenses of abusing minors and seminarians, he should finally repent of his "sins, crimes and sacrileges," according to a letter Vigano circulated Monday.
Acting in the sense of the church
With such a public act of penance, the former archbishop of Washington could do something for the church "that is more important than all the good works in your life," Vigano wrote. His letter was published on former Italian Vatican correspondent Marco Tosatti's blog in Italian and English.
Pope Francis dismissed 88-year-old Theodore McCarrick from the cardinalate in late July 2018 after the New York archdiocese found allegations of sexual abuse of minors against him to be substantial. In addition, McCarrick is alleged to have seduced adult candidates for the priesthood into sex between 1970 and 1990. He now lives in a Capuchin monastery in the U.S. state of Kansas. He is not allowed to exercise his priesthood publicly for the duration of a canonical procedure.