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Archbishop of Pope bombshell claims to be 'at peace'

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM
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VATICAN CITY (AP):

The author of the bombshell accusation that Pope Francis covered up sex abuse broke his silence Wednesday and insisted he didn't act out of revenge or anger but out of love for the Catholic Church.

In comments carried on the blog of Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said he was "serene and at peace" after publishing his declaration, albeit saddened by subsequent attempts to undermine his credibility.

Vigano's accusations published Sunday - that Francis and before him Pope Benedict XVI knew of ex-Cardinal McCarrick's sexual preying on seminarians - have thrown Francis' papacy into crisis. They have undermined the pontiff's claim of having "zero tolerance" for sex abuse and have fuelled the left-right ideological divide that has long split the church and intensified under Francis.

 

CALL FOR RESIGNATION

 

Vigano, the retired Vatican ambassador to the US, said Francis should resign for what he called his complicity in the McCarrick scandal, though Vigano's denunciations also implicate Benedict and a host of high-ranking US and Vatican officials going back two decades.

"I spoke out because by now the corruption has arrived at the top of the church hierarchy," Vigano was quoted as saying.

Valli, a Vatican expert with state-run RAI television, has said that Vigano twice came to his home to consult with him in the weeks leading up to publication of his bombshell. Another conservative Italian journalist, Marco Tosatti, actually helped Vigano rewrite and edit the 11-page document, and arranged for its publication in Italian, English and Spanish-language media.

In the Valli interview, Vigano revisited old Vatican controversies that marked his career and explained that he decided to go public now because the denunciation he had made confidentially to three cardinals in 2012 never was acted on.