Former top Vatican official calls on Pope to resign amid abuse crisis

A former top Vatican official calls on Pope Francis to resign amid abuse crisis.

In an 11-page letter given to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the Pope’s visit to Ireland, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said he had told Francis in 2013 that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had faced extensive accusations of abusing lower-ranking seminarians and priests.

Vigano said in the letter that 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.

Vatican officials declined immediate comment on the letter today.

McCarrick became the first Cardinal in living memory to resign his position in the Church leadership after a review concluded that claims he had disgraced a 16-year-old boy were credible.

Meanwhile,Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for clerical child abuse and reiterated his wish to see justice served.

During the second day of a trip to the Republic of Ireland,the pontiff said no-one could fail to be moved by stories of those who suffered abuse, were robbed of their innocence and left scarred by painful memories.

Source: Radio Pakistan