Pope Francis refused to comment Sunday on whether he was aware of the sexual misconduct allegations against former archbishop of Washington D.C., Theodore McCarrick, back in 2013.
From Washington Examiner:
During an airborne press conference, Francis said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s statement should be enough for journalists to draw their own conclusions.
“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment. I am not going to say a word about this,” Pope Francis said Sunday aboard his plane. “I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”
Francis’ comments were in response to a U.S. reporter’s question on whether Vigano’s claim that he discussed the allegations against McCarrick with the Pope in 2013 were true.
The pope said he may feel inclined to speak more on the reports after more time goes by.
Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation last month after accusations that he sexually abuse a minor was determined to be true by a U.S. church investigation.