Sources: Vatican’s former US ambassador calls on pope to resign

As Pope Francis concludes his visit to Ireland amid explosive new claims about widespread sexual abuse within the church, one high-profile Catholic leader is reportedly implicating the pontiff for assisting in an elaborate cover-up.

According to multiple outlets, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who previously served as the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, penned an 11-page accusatory letter aimed at the pope.

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Specifically, the letter claims that Pope Francis was aware of allegations against defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at least as far back as 2013 but failed to take action in favor of advancing his own status.

“Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” Vigano wrote.

He went on to call on the pope to “honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests.”
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