Pope Francis has affirmed that Satan is behind the scandal of covering up sexual abuse that surrounds the Catholic Church.
The head of the Catholic church said that the devil had him in & # 39; for bishops to scandalize people & # 39;
Although he did not directly mention the recent accusations of cover-up of sexual abuse, the speech seemed to make reference to the Theodore McCarrick scandal earlier this year.
Pope Francis recalled the United States prelate and ordered him to live a lifetime of penance and prayer, after a church investigation determined that an allegation that he fumbled for an adolescent altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
Archbishop Georg Gaenswein looks at Pope Francis delivering his message during an audience at the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. He said in a presentation of a book yesterday that the scandal of sexual abuse that has convulsed the Catholic Church for years is his own 11-S & # 39;
Italian archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said in an 11-page statement that Francis lifted the unconfirmed sanctions of the Vatican against the disgraced McCarrick when Benedict XVI was on the papal throne.
As a result, the former papal envoy to Washington called for the Pope's resignation.
Hours after Vigano made the statement to the Catholic conservative media, Francis had told reporters he would "not say a word" about the sensational claims.
Last month, Francisco called for "silence and prayer" for those involved in the scandal and criticized the church's Irish authorities for failing to comply with sexual accusations of abuse after he met with the victims in Dublin.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused Pope Francisco last month of covering up the sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and rehabilitating him from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI
Although Francis initially refused to comment directly on Vigano's statements, but almost every day in the last two weeks his homily at the morning Mass seems related to the scandal.
Addressing the congregation at the Vatican yesterday, he suggested that the & # 39; Grand Accuser & # 39; – or the devil – was behind the revelations of Vigano.
He said: & # 39; In these times, it seems that the & # 39; Grand Accuser & # 39; has been released and has it for bishops.
"It is true, we are all sinners, we are bishops, he tries to discover sins, so that they are visible in order to scandalize people."
After the accusations against McCarrick were publicized in June, it was discovered that it was apparently an open secret, even in the Vatican, and that he usually molested seminarians and young priests and harassed them.
Bishops should be men of prayer and should know that they were chosen by God and kept close to their flock, he added.
In other comments that raised eyebrows on Tuesday, a senior contributor to Francis and Benedict said the sex abuse scandal was such a changing catastrophe for the church that it came to its "own 11-S".
The papacy of Pope Francis has entered into a crisis due to accusations of cover-up of sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
Pope Benedict XVI flanked by the personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, during a mass to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican
Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said in a presentation in a book that he was in no way comparing the scandal with the nearly 3,000 people killed in the United States 17 years ago.
But he said the scandal of years and the recent revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report showed "how many souls have been irrevocably and fatally wounded by priests of the Catholic Church."
He added: "Today, even the Catholic Church seems full of confusion on its own September 11, on its own September 11, although this catastrophe is not associated with a single date, but in so many days and years, and innumerable victims.
The same day also saw the announcement that the US delegation would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It will also include Francis' chief sexual abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O & # 39; Malley.
The & # 39; shame & # 39; of the German Catholic Church in decades of child sexual abuse
The Catholic Church in Germany said the institution was "embarrassed" by almost seven decades of child sexual abuse by priests.
Today the shame expressed by the church came when a leaked study on the scandal showed that thousands of children were attacked.
The study showed that 1,670 clerics in Germany committed some type of sexual assault against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014.
Bishop Stephan Ackermann said on behalf of the German Bishops' Conference: "We know the extent of the sexual abuse that has been shown in the study." We are appalled and ashamed of that.
"This is a dark side of our Church, for the sake of those affected, but also for ourselves to see the mistakes and do everything possible to prevent them from repeating themselves.
"I insist that the study is a measure that we owe not only to the Church but, above all, to those affected."
The investigation also revealed how the priests came out with their abuses, with official documents manipulated or simply crushed.
Predatory priests were often transferred to another location, but information about their criminal history was not provided to the new site.
Only one in three – 566 of the 1,670 defendants – were subject to disciplinary hearings by the Church, and most escaped with minimal punishment, the weekly Die Zeit said.
Of these, 154 cases ended without penalty, while 103 investigations were closed with only one warning.
Only 38 percent of the accused were prosecuted by civil courts, in complaints filed by the victims themselves or their families.
Ackermann also expressed his frustration over the fact that the report leaked to the media before the Church itself had analyzed it.
Over the past decade, several German Catholic institutions have reported cases of child sexual abuse, including a Jesuit elite in Berlin who admitted systematic sexual abuse of students by two priests in the 1970s and 1980s.
Last year, a world-famous Catholic choir school in Germany, the Regensburger Domspatzen school, revealed that more than 500 children suffered sexual or physical abuse in what the victims have compared to prison, hell or a concentration camp. # 39;
Di Nardo said he wants Francis to authorize a full Vatican investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as a cardinal in July after a credible accusation that he fumbled for a teenager.
The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite the seminarians to his house on the beach in New Jersey and to his bed.
And yet, St. John Paul II made him archbishop of Washington and cardinal in 2001, presumably because Vatican officials impressed by his fundraising prowess considered his past homosexual activity to be only a "moral lapse" and not a serious one. abuse of power.
DiNardo also said that recent accusations that senior Vatican officials – including the current pope – covered McCarrick since 2000 deserve answers.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo and O & # 39; Malley would meet Francis on Thursday at the Apostolic Palace.
The summit recalls the April 2002 meeting that John Paul convened with the main leaders of the US church. UU After the sexual abuse scandal exploded publicly in Boston.