Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here’s why.

Aug 30, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Reeling from new claims of unfettered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and cover-ups by high-ranking officials, the Catholic Church is facing one of its most serious and divisive crises of the 21st century.

Last weekend, a former Vatican official, ex-papal nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, published an incendiary open letter calling for Francis to resign for willfully turning a blind eye to ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s decades of sexual abuse and harassment against junior seminarians under his authority. (McCarrick has also been accused of abusing two minors; Viganò does not make any mention of those cases and does not imply Francis knew about them.)

Viganò claims that Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had imposed sanctions against McCarrick, mandating that he carry out the remainder of his life in prayer and seclusion, only for Francis to lift the ban upon ascending to the papacy in 2013. During Francis’s papacy, McCarrick served as a trusted Vatican adviser and influential voice on both internal church appointments and global affairs.

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2 comments on “Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here’s why.

  • @OP – Viganò claims that Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had imposed sanctions against McCarrick, mandating that he carry out the remainder of his life in prayer and seclusion, only for Francis to lift the ban upon ascending to the papacy in 2013.

    But surely, he was only reaching these conclusions by using the process of thinking from the basis of “faith” in the church and the “goodness” of it’s leadership! 🙂



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  • I see that while the pope is making sympathetic noises and pretending to care about abused children, the church is flying its true colours in Australia!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45364556

    The Catholic Church in Australia has formally rejected a landmark inquiry’s recommendation that priests should be forced to report sexual abuse disclosed during confession.

    The five-year inquiry found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in Australian institutions. The Catholic Church had the most cases.

    On Friday, Church leaders accepted most of the inquiry’s recommendations.

    But their stance on confession may set up future conflict with governments.

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said breaking the seal of confession was “contrary to our faith and inimical to religious liberty”.

    Ah! The liberty to abuse children in secret, dispose of the guilt in confession, be forgiven by fellow priests, and move on to repeat the offences confident in a further forgiveness and cover-up!

    “We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people while maintaining the seal,” it said in a statement.

    Said with the classical hypocritical two-faced posture of cognitive dissonance, having already been repeatedly proved to be incapable of carrying out honest investigations leading to effective action!

    The Church leaders said they would, however, explore other proposals – including asking the Vatican to relax rules on celibacy.

    How generous of them to find some side-tracking issue to divert atention away from the priority ones identified in the inquiry while asserting themselves to be above the operation of mere state laws! 🙂

    Perhaps some serious jail-time for convictions for “assisting an offender”, might help focus some minds, once they have passed into the world of reality, and beyond the “poor little oppressed (criminal) martyr who is above the law”, syndome!



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