Viganó expressed shock at the lack of concern from Church officials toward abuse victims, writing, “it is shocking that, in the midst of so many scandals and outrage, there is so little consideration for those who have been victims of sexual predators by those who had been ordained minister[s] of the Gospel.”
(Emily Ward – CNSNews) Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, the cardinal who has written two letters accusing Pope Francis of complicity in the cover-up of sexual abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, released a third letter on Thursday, Oct. 19, repeating his original claims and calling the pope “gravely responsible” for corruption in the Catholic Church.
Vigano also stressed that the abuse crisis in the church is “due to the plague of homosexuality, in those who practice it” among the clergy.
In the letter, Vigano states, “Pope Francis himself seems either to be conniving with the spread of this corruption or, aware of what he is doing, is gravely responsible because he does not oppose it and does not try to eradicate it.”
His remark referred to what he called attempts by “homosexual bishops who enjoyed the favor of Pope Francis,” including McCarrick, to “protect themselves from justice and strengthen homosexuality in the hierarchy and in the Church in general.”
McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in July after he was credibly accused of sexually abusing both seminarians and a young boy.