Over the weekend, a bombshell report caused major backlash for Pope Francis and the Catholic church. An 11-page letter written by former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, which was released on Sunday, alleged that both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict were aware of the sexual abuse allegations against Theodore Edgar McCarrick before they went public.
Pope Francis and Pope Benedict reportedly were involved in covering up the sex scandal. Following news of the allegations, McCarrick resigned from his Catholic church position as archbishop Cardinal in July.
“[Pope Francis] must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests...Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” the letter insisted.
According to ABC News, Pope Francis is now refusing to comment on the backlash. While aboard a plane, journalists questioned the Pope about the recent report, but he declined to offer an explanation.
“Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves. I will not say one word on this,” the Pope told reporters.
Many well-known names from both sides of the political spectrum bashed Pope Francis over the newly-released report. Conservative commentator Matt Walsh was one of several who called out the Catholic church leader.
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