In an attempt to cover up all-out criticisms against growing allegations of child sexual abuses in the Catholic church, Pope Francis has sought apology. Incidentally, he begged forgiveness a day after a former Vatican official accused him of covering up allegations against an American cardinal.
Speaking at the Marian shrine in the Irish town of Knock, the pontiff said the “open wound” of the scandal required the church to be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice.” “I beg forgiveness for these sins and for the scandal and betrayal felt by so many others in God’s family,” he added.
His remarks come after a former Vatican ambassador to the US accused Francis himself of covering up the alleged abuses of former Archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In a lengthy letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claimed that he had personally told Francis in 2013 about allegations that the then-cardinal had slept with young seminarians — but the pope nevertheless chose to lift sanctions imposed on McCarrick by his predecessor, Pope Benedict.