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Kardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Vatikanets ambassadør til USA fra 2011-2016, erkebiskop, Carlo Maria Vigano (77), offentliggjorde søndag et 11 sider langt brev der han anklager pave Frans for å ha lagt lokk på sex-overgrepene innen kirken.

Siden det kommer fra en person med personlig kjennskap til saken og med en slik høy stilling, har brevet vakt oppmerksomhet verden over. Det kommer samme dag som p aven er i Irland, der sex-overgrepene er en stor sak.

Vigano mener at paven personlig la lokk på sex-overgrep. Da paven ble innsatt i 20133 ga Vigano ham personlig beskjed om at kardinal Thomas McCarrick var mistenkt for overgrep. Pave Benedikt 16 hadde fratatt kardinalen retten til å forrette og pålagt ham å leve reten av livet i bot og bønn. Pave Frans opphevet disse begrensningene.

Viganò, who served as Vatican ambassador to the U.S. from 2011 to 2016, goes on to assert that two former ambassadors wrote to the Vatican in 2000 and 2006 to document that McCarrick had engaged sexually with seminarians and priests. As a Vatican secretariat of state at the time, Viganò advocated that the then-cardinal be penalized.

He also states that around 2009 or 2010, Pope Benedict XVI confidentially imposed sanctions on McCarrick – essentially prohibiting him from public ministry and to carry out a life of prayer and penance – but that Francis then opted to re-instate him, “cover” for him and advance him to the role of a “trusted counselor.”

Vigano sier korrupsjonen har nådd de høyeste sirkler innen kirken. Det er nødvendig med en skikkelig utrensing.

The corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy,” Viganò wrote, adding that he notified Francis of the allegations against McCarrick after he was elected pope five years ago and alerted him to the instituted sanctions – but his report supposedly fell on deaf ears. “I implore everyone, especially bishops, to speak up in order to defeat this conspiracy of silence that is so widespread, and to report the cases of abuse they know about to the media and civil authorities

Brevet er blitt offentliggjort i  National Catholic Register og LifeSiteNews. Vigano sier at paven må gå foran med et godt eksempel og trekke seg. Brevet setter paven i stor forlegenhet. Han snakket om overgrepene under besøket i Irland.

“None of us can fail to be moved by the stories of young people who suffered abuse, were robbed of their innocence and left scarred,” Francis told the tens of thousands of gatherers at the shrine. “This open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice. I beg forgiveness for these sins and for the scandal and betrayal felt by so many others in God’s family.”

Noen vil kanskje finne det usmakelig at paven ber om tilgivelse for disse syndene før det har fått konsekvenser for gjerningsmennene. Da kan det virke som en frikjenning.

 

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