Religion News Services: Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis

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Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis Jack Jenkins September 7, 2018 (RNS) — Timothy Busch, a conservative Catholic lawyer and donor, is denying claims he was consulted on a letter written last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleging, among other things, that Pope Francis ignored accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent cleric in Washington, D.C. Viganò’s 11-page letter alleges Francis rescinded sanctions placed on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, by Pope Benedict XVI following allegations of sexual abuse of adult seminarians. Many have noted that if McCarrick was, in fact, under sanctions, he clearly defied them regularly under Benedict, who did not appear to enforce them publicly. The letter by Viganò, a former Vatican diplomat who has been openly critical of Francis, has been received as the most public breach in a long-brewing culture war within the Catholic Church over …

Catholic News Service: Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000 By Robert Duncan and Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service 9.7.2018 2:47 PM ET VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS Sept. 7 that he received the letter dated Oct. 11, 2006, from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former Vatican substitute for general affairs, asking for information regarding a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark who studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary and was being vetted for a post at a Vatican office. He made the letter available to CNS. http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/letter-confirms-vatican-officials-knew-of-mccarrick-allegations-in-2000.cfm

LifeSite News: Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’

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Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’ Dorothy Cummings McLean  Fri Sep 7, 2018 – 11:48 am EST GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska, September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop in Nebraska has added his voice to those of other bishops calling for an investigation into allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. On September 4, Bishop John G. Hanefeldt of the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska issued a statement recognizing the former Apostolic Nuncio as a credible witness. “Because Archbishop Viganò held a unique and important position of leadership serving the Church in our country, the questions raised in his statement must be taken seriously,” he wrote. (The full statement is published below.) Recalling the statement of Cardinal DiNardo, the leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Hanefeldt added his support for a “a prompt and thorough examination of this entire crisis in leadership.” After …

Lifesite News: US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’ Thu Sep 6, 2018 – 3:54 pm EST September 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The incoming head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has released a lengthy statement on the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis. Archbishop Naumann called Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Vigano “a man of integrity,” adding that “we cannot ignore” the fact that the majority of the victims described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report were post-pubescent males. He said that priests must be able to articulate Church teaching on sexuality “in a convincing and compelling way.” Naumann was elected last November to lead the U.S. Bishops’ pro-life office, and will begin his tenure this November. “It is inconceivable to me that the bishops who were involved with the settlements for McCarrick’s misconduct …

Settimana News: Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis

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Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis Francesco Sisci  5 settembre 2018 Was there a coup in the Vatican? Perhaps not, but there is proof that for the first time ever the Pope is a global leader. It is civil war in the Vatican! These days, that is the refrain in the international media following the wondrous allegations by ex-ambassador Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò against Pope Francis. The press is on fire with the story; yet Pope Francis said, and his secretary of state Cardinal Parolin repeated, that he is serene and unperturbed. This is certainly because he is at peace with God, but it is possibly also because he knows that the revolution he started in the Church, if it is real, it will break a little crockery. So there is nothing special here. What is really new – and it is the first time in the history of the …

CNN: Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent

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Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent By James A. Gagliano Tue September 4, 2018 (CNN) There’s an old saying that goes: It’s not what you say that matters — it’s what you don’t say. And last week, while on a papal visit to Ireland, Pope Francis was derelict in his duties. Though he acknowledged the latest sex abuse scandal, implicating some 300 priests, as a failure of the Catholic Church, he largely ignored another allegation — one that directly involves him. In an 11-page letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused Pope Francis of having been informed of the serial predation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a leading Catholic figure in Washington, in June of 2013, and doing nothing. The Church has found the allegations against McCarrick to be “credible and substantiated.” Cardinal McCarrick has since resigned from his post, although he issued a statement maintaining his innocence. If Vigano’s allegation is …

Statements of Bishop Burbidge on Arbp Viganó’s Testimony

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was eating dinner with fellow priests when the news broke that former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, had released his unprecedented letter detailing alleged misconduct in the Vatican. “I got in my car and I saw all these text messages. I said, ‘What is happening?’ ” said Bishop Burbidge, relaying the incident on his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast.” After reading the letter, Bishop Burbidge echoes the call of Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We need to review (this) letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given,” said Bishop Burbidge. “But the bottom line is, we need to know the truth. All the faithful need to hear the answers to the questions. Cardinal DiNardo is asking the Holy Father to assist in putting into place the support we need to get those answers.” …

Pope Francis and McCarrick: where does the evidence lead?

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Archbishop Viganò made four major claims. But do the facts support them? Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony, published on Saturday, goes on for 7,000 words and names more than 30 public figures, mostly to denounce them. But at its heart are a small number of very serious allegations about Pope Francis’s treatment of Theodore McCarrick. Since the letter’s publication, some more evidence has emerged against which to test Viganò’s major claims. How do the allegations stand up? Claim 1: Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick Viganò writes: “Pope Benedict had imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis: the Cardinal was to leave the seminary where he was living, he was forbidden to celebrate [Mass] in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lectures, to travel, with the obligation of dedicating himself to a life of prayer and penance.” These came into …

Phil Lawler flushes out the track record

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The track record supports the Vigano testimony At several points in his bombshell testimony, Archbishop Vigano explained where the corroborating evidence could be found: in files at the Vatican or the offices of the apostolic nuncio. If those files are made public—or even vetted by a reliable, objective investigator—we would all soon know whether the archbishop’s remarkable account is accurate. But while we wait for the Vatican to open those files (and since we realize we might wait forever), all we can do is compare the claims of Archbishop Vigano with what we do know. The more closely they match, the more plausible the archbishop’s witness appears. Even someone who is inclined to believe the testimony of Archbishop Vigano (as I am) must acknowledge that on several points, his account of the McCarrick scandal seems—at first glance, at least—inconsistent with known facts. In each case, there is a possible explanation for that …

Sweden: Card. Arborelius, letter on abuse prevention.

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“The wicked must not spread their poison throughout the Church” Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm has written a letter to the faithful of his diocese to say that “many of us” feel “distressed when we hear of abuse committed by priests and cover-up attempts”: cases that cause “unspeakable pain and shame”. One may feel powerless and deceived, but the Cardinal calls on everyone to “engage in the prevention of future abuse and to make the Church a safe place for all”. Since 2001, a “contingency plan against child sexual abuse” has been in place in the Diocese of Stockholm together with a formation programme for priests, catechists and people working with youth. The Cardinal also announces that the Diocese will hire a person full time to assist in abuse prevention; but everyone’s help is needed, “especially to ensure that abuse suspects are reported to the police”. The Cardinal invites everyone …