Pope Francis’ time as leader of the Catholic Church is filled with controversy.
The liberal Pontiff crossed conservatives on a number of issues.
But now he is facing the one crisis that could spell the end.
The scandal surrounding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abusing young boys for decades continues to grow.
Reports surfaced that Pope Francis knew about McCarrick’s abuse and looked the other way.
That is leading to figures inside and outside the Church calling for Francis to resign.
A growing number of American Catholics are calling for an investigation into the allegations that Pope Francis ignored Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s record of sexually abusing priests, seminarians, and laypeople, including minors. Some Catholics are even calling for the pope to resign.
The calls from Catholic bishops, organizations, and media outlets for Pope Francis to be investigated and/or resign have come after the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, released an 11-page affidavit Saturday alleging that Pope Francis turned a blind eye to McCarrick’s behavior.
Viganò’s affidavit specifically claimed that Pope Francis lifted Pope Benedict’s “canonical sanctions” on the disgraced cardinal imposed between 2009-2010 that forbade him from interacting with the public in an official capacity, and Viganò alleged Francis did this despite knowing of the serious allegations against McCarrick.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), released a statement Sunday calling for an impartial investigation into the allegations against Pope Francis.
Francis has not presented evidence or testimony disputing Viganò’s accusations.
That is leading many Catholics to agree with the calls for an impartial and thorough investigation into this matter.
The Pope possibly covering up the sexual abuse of young boys has the potential to devastate the Catholic Church around the world.
Catholics are owed answers and accountability.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this story.