WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- There will be a meeting Thursday between Pope Francis and U.S. bishops over the sex abuse scandal involving a number of Catholic priests.
- Cardinal DiNardo wants answers on how ex-Cardinal McCarrick was able to climb the ranks despite numerous sexual abuse allegations.
- Archbishop Georg Gaenswein called the scandal the Catholic Church’s “own 9/11.”
A meeting between Pope Francis and U.S. cardinals and bishops is scheduled this Thursday. The U.S. delegation will be focused on answering questions of how ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was able to move up through the clerical ranks despite claims that he slept with seminarians.
According to the Vatican, the delegation will be lead by the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. Pope Francis’ top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, will also take part.
Since at least the year 2000, the Vatican has been aware of McCarrick inviting seminarians to his beach house in New Jersey and into his bed. Despite this, he was made an archbishop of Washington by St. John Paul II.
In 2001, McCarrick was made a cardinal. Supposedly, this was because Vatican officials were impressed by his prowess in fundraising. It seems these officials labeled McCarrick’s past homosexual activity a “moral lapse”, not a gross abuse of power.
In July, ex-Cardinal McCarrick was removed from his position as cardinal after a credible accusation was made that he groped a teenager.
DiNardo has urged the pope to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation to be conducted into McCarrick. The cardinal recently accused top Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, of covering up for McCarrick since 2000. He said those accusations deserve to be answered.
Two weeks ago, the McCarrick scandal reached critical heights when Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican’s former U.S. ambassador, cited the names of two dozen Vatican and U.S. cardinals who allegedly covered up for McCarrick.
Tuesday, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, secretary to Benedict and prefect of Francis’ papal household, said: “Today, even the Catholic Church looks full of confusion at its own 9/11, at its own Sept. 11, even though this catastrophe isn’t associated with a single date but rather at so many days and years, and innumerable victims.”
Though he also said that he was by no means comparing the McCarrick scandal to the casualties that amounted to nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
He said that the scandal, along with the revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, show just “how many souls have been wounded irrevocably and mortally by priests from the Catholic Church.”
Source: Yahoo News