Pope apologizes for ‘crimes’ against Irish women, babies

Pope apologizes for ‘crimes’ against Irish women, babies

The Vatican didn't immediately comment or confirm the letter's authenticity. Despite repeated requests from journalists, the Vatican had not responded to the allegations by midday August 26.

Corless and Tuam survivors are seeking an apology from the pope, as well as a decision to exhume the children's remains to give them a proper church burial.

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

In his 11-page letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, claimed he told the pontiff in 2013 that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was "a serial predator".

Pope Francis refused to answer accusations that he knew about alleged sex abuse by a former cardinal, and allowed him to serve unpunished. Francis said he accepted the minister's lament as "constructive collaboration" and said he would read a memo she prepared for him on the investigation.

"I won't say a word about it", the pope said.

McCarrick was forced to leave his seminary and live a life of penance after former Vatican ambassadors in Washington, now dead, reported him for "gravely immoral" behaviour with seminarians and priests.

"I do not know when Pope Benedict took these measures against McCarrick, whether in 2009 or 2010, because in the meantime I had been transferred to the Governorate of Vatican City State, just as I do not know who was responsible for this incredible delay", he said.

"You don't have to be a Catholic or a Protestant or indeed any believer to recognise that Francis is a figure who speaks to so many issues that are relevant to the world today and is a prophetic voice when you look at what he has said about the environment, what he is saying about poverty". The Pope also ordered McCarrick's suspension from public ministry.

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However, no such sanctions, which normally are made public, were announced by the Vatican at the time.

Soon thereafter, Vigano wrote, he was surprised to find that McCarrick had started traveling on missions on behalf of the church, including to China.

"It touched my heart, that is why I wanted to repeat it during my speech".

"In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, his 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 for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick's abuses and resign along with all of them", Vigano said. The cardinal lies shamelessly and prevails upon his chancellor, Msgr.

Cardinal Farrell told Catholic News Service July 24: "I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before in the six years I was there with him".

He says the pontiff knew about allegations of sex abuse by a prominent United States cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation last month. In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with adults.

Among other things, McCarrick has been accused of sexual abuse of seminarians and priests when he was a bishop in New Jersey.

Vigano's statement, first published in the conservative American publication the National Catholic Register, also claimed several Vatican officials knew for years about the allegations against McCarrick. McCarrick went from bishop of Metuchen, N.J., to archbishop of Newark, N.J., to archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 2001.

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