What Francis Can Clarify About Vigano — And What He Can't

What Francis Can Clarify About Vigano — And What He Can't
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It has been more than two weeks since the former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, released his 11-page “testimony” concerning what he called the “heart-breaking case of the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick.”

While neither Pope Francis nor any senior curial cardinals have directly addressed Viganò's claims, or spoken substantively on the ongoing McCarrick scandal, on Sept. 10 a statement from the C9 Council of Cardinals suggested that “the Holy See is about to formulate any necessary clarifications”

What exactly will be “clarified” is not yet clear, but it seems that the Vatican will address the accusation that Pope Francis “covered up” allegations of sexual abuse against McCarrick - even though this was not specifically alleged by Archbishop Viganò.

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