Pope ‘refuses to deny’ explosive accusations that he ‘COVERED UP’ sex abuse

Weston MA- 8/28/18- Unidentified priests head toward the meeting past protesters. Cardinal has meeting with priests at St. Julia's Parish hall in Weston. For part of the time people outside protest the church's handling of priest sexual

Archbishop Vigano - now 77 - makes a number of ideological claims and is critical of homosexuals within Church ranks.

Pope Francis wants to be seen as the cool modern Pope who's down with LGBTQ people, but he keeps tripping over his own feet every time he tries. Similar allegations were made against McCarrick by other men who were seminarians studying for the priesthood. This corresponds to remarks by Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph's Church Yorkville in New York City, who told Catholic News Service earlier in August he had written a letter "and it didn't seem to go anywhere". "But with that word he didn't mean to say that it (homosexuality) was a "mental illness", she said.

However, when the Vatican later published the pope's answer, the reference to psychiatry had been removed.

"I would say first of all pray, not to condemn, to dialogue, to understand, to give space to the son or the daughter", he responded, noting that parents must also consider the child's age.

"There are many things in Archbishop Vigano's letter that are very disturbing, but also some unsupported statements and accusations that raise serious doubts", Dr. Peter Steinfels, author and former co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, told the Herald.

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"I repeated them to Cardinal McCarrick at my first meeting with him at the nunciature".

During a prayer Sunday in Knock, the country's main shrine dedicated to Christ's mother located not far from Tuam, the pope denounced how Irish children were "robbed of their innocence and taken from their mothers" during Ireland's years of forced adoptions.

He said he told Francis about the accusations against McCarrick in June 2013. He said he spoke directly to Cardinal Wuerl on several occasions and that Cardinal Wuerl "failed to acknowledge receipt of my two letters, contrary to what he customarily did".

Contacted by Catholic News Service, Edward McFadden, secretary for communications for the Archdiocese of Washington, said: "In spite of what Archbishop Vigano's memo indicates, Cardinal Wuerl did not receive any documentation or information during his time in Washington, regarding any actions taken against Archbishop McCarrick".

He accused Vatican officials of knowing about the sexual escapades of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick since 2000, but making him a cardinal anyway.

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"I think the pope has always acted in a way that is filled with integrity and honesty, and I continue to believe that", Cupich said.

Francis accepted McCarrick's resignation as cardinal last month, after a US church investigation determined that an accusation he had groped a teen-ager in the 1970s was credible.

Asked whether it was true that Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the statement's author, had informed him in 2013 about Archbishop McCarrick's alleged sexual misconduct with priests and seminarians, and if it was true Benedict XVI had previously imposed sanctions on the former cardinal, the Pope said he was distracted by the previous question and would have preferred to talk about the trip.

The National Catholic Reporter said that Vigano has himself been accused of covering up sexual misconduct by an archbishop in Minnesota. On Saturday, he said the corruption and cover-up of abuse amounted to human excrement, according to victims. The controversial pope has appeared to embrace victims of priestly sex abuse and has promised more reforms.

Vigano urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue.

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