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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pope Francis dismisses Vigano's accusations of McCarrick cover-up

by Joshua J. McElwee
Knock, Ireland -- A former Vatican ambassador to Washington has published an 11-page letter filled with accusations against dozens of former and current high-level officials in the Catholic Church, claiming there was a systemic cover-up of allegations that now former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was sexually abusing seminarians.
by Joshua J. McElwee
Dublin, Ireland -- One of the eight Irish abuse survivors who met with Pope Francis Aug. 25 says that during the meeting the pontiff told the group he is not planning to implement new procedures to hold bishops who cover-up clergy abuse to account, citing measures the Catholic Church already has in place to do so.
by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
Dublin, Ireland -- Before celebrating Mass in a Dublin park, Pope Francis solemnly asked forgiveness for the thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by Catholics in Ireland.
 
by Michael Sean Winters
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's testimony proves one thing: The former Vatican ambassador to the United States is to the clergy sex abuse crisis what Oliver Stone is to the assassination of President John Kennedy, a trafficker in conspiracy theories who mixes fact, fiction and venom to produce something explosive but also suspicious. When you finish reading this testimony, as at the end of Stone's 1991 movie "JFK," you can only conclude that the product tells us more about the author than it does about the subject.
 
by Joshua J. McElwee
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM DUBLIN -- Speaking aboard the Aug. 26 flight back to Rome from Ireland, Francis said the former Vatican ambassador's 11-page document of unsubstantiated claims "speaks for itself."

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