Pope: ‘I Will Not Say a Single Word’ about allegations of McCarrick cover-up

Hannah Brockhaus/CNA/EWTN News, August 26, 2018:

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will not comment on claims by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. that the Pope knew about allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and reinstated him in ministry. The Pope said people should make up their own minds about the claims.

Asked whether it was true that Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the statement’s author, had informed him in 2013 about Archbishop McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct with priests and seminarians, and if it was true Benedict XVI had previously imposed sanctions on the former cardinal, the Pope said he was distracted by the previous question and would have preferred to talk about the trip.

“I read the statement this morning, and I must tell you sincerely that, I must say this, to you and all those who are interested: Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment,” he answered. “I will not say a single word on this.”

Speaking aboard the papal plane from Rome to Dublin Aug. 26, Francis said he believes in the “journalistic capacity to draw your own conclusions,” calling it an “act of faith.”

“When some time passes and you have drawn your conclusions, I may speak. But I would like your professional maturity to do the work for you. It will be good for you,” he told members of the press.

Asked in a follow-up question when he first learned about the abuse allegations against Archbishop McCarrick, Pope Francis responded, “This is part of the statement. Study it and then I will say.”

The Pope was being asked about an 11-page statement published late Saturday, written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016.

In his testimony, Archbishop Viganò claimed that in the late 2000s, Benedict XVI had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis” and that Archbishop Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.

Viganò claimed that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for Archbishop McCarrick, and not only did he repeal the sanctions imposed by Benedict, but also made Archbishop McCarrick “his trusted counselor.”

He claimed that McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, advised the pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

The former nuncio, who said his “conscience dictates” that the truth be known as “the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy,” called on Pope Francis and other Church officials accused of covering up abuse allegations to resign.

 

Father Z on what the Pope said and what he, maybe, really said:

On the airplane returning to Rome from Ireland, the Pope responded with a non-response to a question from the press about the Testimony issued by Archbp. Carlo Maria Viganò.

What he said…  watch the body language with the words.

“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment.”

“I am not going to say a word about this.” (And yet here we are.)

“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”

It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.

In my cynicism – please forgive me for being a little cynical right now? – what the Pope said is along the lines of:

“You, the press, have been on my side till now. If you think about it for a while, you should still be on my side. If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy.”

This is not a happy man.  But that’s not much of a conclusion.   Listen to, however, what he is trying to say.

Here is what I think he said, without saying it.

The Pope is calling on the press to do the necessary work to make this go away.

I dunno. Have I read that wrong? Sincerely… do you get something else from that?

I don’t like these airplane pressers.  Please please please stop doing them.

And may I just add that Greg Burke has the worst job in the world?

 

Read Cardinal Burke’s response to Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s statement here

 

 

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4 Responses to Pope: ‘I Will Not Say a Single Word’ about allegations of McCarrick cover-up

  1. DonnaLiane says:

    I actually agree. I would not maybe have thought that if it was not for the pointed looks he gave. He was saying it is up to you (journalists) to paint this and him -to spin it – in a good light. Turn him in to a hero rather than the very evil bad probably complicit bad guy. I struggle to see what else in the statement can drawn out other than, if one was being generous, he made a very bad judgement call based on I don’t know what??! And ignored good advice and evidence based on mate preferences rather than concern for holiness and integrity. And he continued in that vein- and still is.

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  2. Crow says:

    What was with the deflection to the adoption of children? He is asked about an allegation that he had direct knowledge of an abuser being allowed to perpetrate his abuse, when the person making the allegations says that he, himself told him, and what does he do? He says he is not responding and starts talking about some nuns….
    What a nerve!

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  3. Gertrude says:

    It matters not that the Pope will not comment. The door to the Augean stables has been opened. In Greek mythology it took the diversion of two rivers to cleanse the filth therein. The world is aware and no journalist will be able to spin this in a way the Pope hopes for.

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  4. Mary Anne says:

    I agree with Father Z. If enough time goes by and the Pope is silent, the matter will become less
    fresh in the minds of the press. They love this Pope. Many will see his side. What is his side? He did nothing wrong? He is cunning, all right! “If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy” said he. The press loves this use of common expressions by the Pope. This ‘time that goes by’, as he said to let happen, will be to his great advantage. Just like the Dubia. That did all the media “good” ($) and the masonic sect who seem to have “the finger of a Pope” (Alta Vida) which they can influence in their attempts to “destroy the Catholic Church” It sure helped them.

    About the Cardinal Burke article which you suggested: This Cardinal ” agreed that the corruption and filth must be removed” and I am wondering if he knew anything about it. He should have done something. My other question is why did he become placed back on the Supreme Tribunal of the Roman Rota? The Pope doesn’t seem to have anything against this Cardinal despite the Dubia. Just like Cardinal O’Malley and the letter about McCarrick which was “not under the purview” of the Boston Archdiocese, so Father Kickham, (staff) ignored it and Cardinal O never “saw it” although he was on the Papal Commission in 2015. Both Cardinals seem to enjoy his favor, which is something that not many in Rome are gifted with. True he does like Cardinal Cupich …. Well, we are the laity and can’t help examining.

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