Cover-up claims grow after tell-all letter published

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

Carlo Vigano (Catholic official)A grand jury's horrific report describing decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania has now climbed to positions of power and influence at the Vatican, including the pope himself.

At the same time influential bishops and cardinals were claiming ignorance of abuse, and even blaming the 1,000-plus victims, Archbishop Carlo Vigano (pictured at left) dropped a bombshell: Pope Francis actively covered up the well-known abuses of an influential cardinal.

Theodore McCarrick, a Washington archbishop, was allegedly promoted to cardinal even though it was known for years he sexually assaulted male seminarians, Vigano claimed.  

Vigano, a retired Vatican ambassador to the U.S., wrote an 11-page open letter alleging that Pope Francis and his predecessors knew about McCarrick for years, even naming Vatican leaders in the letter who knew about the sexual abuse.

The biggest bombshell, however, was Vigano recalling that he personally warned Francis about the abuse in 2013 and then suggesting in the letter that the pope should step down.

Phil Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, tells OneNewsNow he is taking the accusations seriously.

"I think in the main it's credible," he says of Vigano's accusations. "More to the point, he does make charges that are verifiable – that can either be proven or disproven."

Vatican leaders and media outlets are now going after Vigano, describing him as a right-wing agitator who is known for making trouble for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. 

The New York Times bizarrely claimed in a Twitter headline that Pope Francis is facing an "ideologically motivated opposition" that is using the sex abuse scandal to threaten not only the pope's "agenda" but his "entire papacy."

Not to be outdone by The New York Times, the Reuters news service suggested in its own headline that conservative media has moved to the "front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis."  

Pope speaking in Congress"The pope has a bigger agenda," Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago, told a TV news station. "He's got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment, and protecting migrants, and carrying out the work of the church. We're not going to go down a rabbit hole on this."

Cupich, who reportedly owes his appointment to McCarrick, later claimed the interview was unfairly edited but the unedited version differs only slightly from the original.

Vigano has called out the rampant homosexuality in the priesthood all the way up to the Vatican itself, saying it has "the power of octopus tentacles and [is] strangling the entire church."

Lawler says the Catholic Church will never be free of the abuse scandal unless it purges itself of this sin.

"That's another part of the story," says Lawler, "that a lot of people have been dodging for 15 years, and it's now almost impossible to dodge: the influence of active homosexuals in the clergy, in the hierarchy and in the Vatican."

In light of Vigano's accusations in his letter, LifeSiteNews reminded readers this week that police raided a Vatican-owned apartment in 2017 after complaints from neighbors, where police officers found Vatican priests involved in a cocaine-fueled sex party.

A source at the Vatican told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis had to sign off on the use of the apartment and knew of "issues" with the Vatican official who was given the apartment. 


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