Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S © Romano Siciliani (KNA)
The former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has made accusations against Pope Francis: Former Washington Archbishop McCarrick, who has been accused of abuse, has already been accused by Pope Benedict XVI of. had been punished.
Vigano claims in a written statement published Sunday morning by the internet portal LifeSiteNews that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick had already been punished by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 or 2010. had been punished with a penalty, which Francis later de facto withdrew.
Life of prayer and penance
In it, the cleric states that he had already informed his superiors in the Vatican about the allegations against McCarrick from the U.S. in 2006 and 2008, but had not received any answers. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington from 2000 to 2006 and a cardinal since 2001, is accused of coercing young men, including minors, into sex as a priest and later as a bishop.
Vigano states that it was only later that he learned that Benedict XVI. Asked McCarrick to leave the seminary where he was living. In addition, he had been forbidden to celebrate Mass publicly, to give lectures or to travel. McCarrick had been charged with a life of prayer and penance.
Authenticity of letter not yet proven
These measures had also been conveyed to McCarrick, who was already retired at the time, including by Vigano himself after he took office as nuncio in October 2011. Why they were apparently not implemented is not clear from the document. McCarrick lectured and traveled extensively during these years.
Vigano's letter also accuses other senior former and current members of the curia of deceiving the authorities into taking action and imposing penalties. The authenticity of the letter has been confirmed by Vigano. However, the truth of his accusations are currently not proven. A corresponding reprimand of McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI. (2005-2013) has never been made public until now. McCarrick also did not comply with such requirements.
Withdrawal of the title of cardinal
According to one participant, Pope Francis, speaking to abuse victims in Dublin on Saturday, revealed that he had only recently received certain knowledge about McCarrick and then reacted immediately.
Marie Collins, a former member of the papal child protection commission and herself a victim of abuse, wrote on Twitter Sunday that McCarrick was a topic of discussion at Saturday night's meeting with the pope in Dublin. Francis had said he immediately dismissed the 88-year-old clergyman from the cardinalate as soon as he was convinced of the truth of the accusations. Collins added that if the other account turns out to be true, the pope "should be held accountable like anyone who covers up".