Vigano said Sunday that he told Pope in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest and that Francis took no action. “In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote in the statement. Vigano retired in 2016 at age 75. He affirms that he told Francis time ago about the allegations: “Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”
Pope Francis in Ireland
Pope Francis addressed the sex abuse scandal on Saturday in comments made in Dublin. He accepted McCarrick’s resignation on July 28. This month, a Pennsylvania grand jury issued a report that said more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children, and likely thousands more, over seven decades. Nearly 100 of the accused clergy are from the Pittsburgh diocese alone, where Donald Wuerl, the current cardinal of Washington, D.C., was the bishop for 18 years. Wuerl said that he was not aware of any rumors about McCarrick, including from the part of Vigano.