The Vatican promises & # 39; clarifications & # 39; on allegations that the Pope helped cover up the accusations of sexual abuse against the American cardinal
- The advisors of Pope Francis said that the Vatican is preparing the necessary clarifications & # 39;
- The nine cardinal councilors of Francis expressed their "full solidarity" with the Pope
- Francis has refused to respond to allegations that he helped the ex-Cardinal with sanctions
Leigh Mcmanus for Mailonline
Pope Francis' top aides have said that the Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" on accusations that the Pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now disgraced American cardinal.
The nine cardinal advisors of Francisco expressed their "total solidarity" with the Pope for the scandal, which has put his papacy in a crisis.
The cardinals, who meet this week at the Vatican, issued a statement saying that the Holy See is working on the formulation of potential and necessary clarifications.
Pope Francis refused to respond to claims that he helped the ex-cardinal with canonical sanctions
Francis has refused to respond to the statements of retired ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that Francisco rehabilitated former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the canonical sanctions imposed on him by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Vatican knows since 2000 that McCarrick slept with seminarians.
Francis removed him as a cardinal after accusations that he fumbled for a teenager.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, was sanctioned
The Pope's refusal to respond immediately to Mr. Vigano's claims has frustrated many Catholics in the United States who were already outraged that McCarrick's penchant for seminarians and young priests was apparently an open secret in some Catholic circles. .
That outrage has been compounded by the revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, which details the abuse of more than 1,000 children by 300 priests for more than 70 years, while the bishops cover them up.
Since the Pennsylvania report was published last month, prosecutors in half a dozen other states have announced plans for similar investigations.