Explosive letter claims Pope Francis helped cover up Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse

Viganò, who served as ambassador to the United States between 2011 and 2016, claimed that senior Vatican officials knew as early as 2000 that McCarrick regularly invited young seminarians into his bed, but that they still promoted him to cardinal.

Viganò said Pope Benedict XVI eventually imposed sanctions on McCarrick in 2009 or 2010, ordering him to withdraw to a lifetime of prayer and penance, but that Francis chose to rehabilitate him, “cover” for him and elevate him to be a “trusted counselor.”

The letter appeared to be the first public claim that senior church officials not only knew of allegations against McCarrick but quietly sanctioned him long before he was stripped of his public ministry in June.

via NBC Explosive letter claims Pope Francis helped cover up Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse