Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church: The Untold Story of Cover-Up

Friday, September 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

Ekaterina Blinova

The sex abuse scandal that has recently engulfed the Catholic Church is dramatically affecting Pope Francis’ authority, Maurizio Blondet, a prominent Italian journalist and author, has told Sputnik, sharing his views on Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s testimony and cases of cover-up of sexual misconduct among priests.

Pope Francis (Bergoglio) has found himself at the epicenter of the scandal over a letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States (2011-2016) and ex-secretary-general of the Governorate of Vatican City State (2006-2011).

In his testimony, released on August 30, 2018, Vigano accused the pope and other top-level prelates of the Catholic Church of covering up sexual abuse of priests and seminarians by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals on July 28, 2018 over sexual harassment allegations.

According to Vigano, he informed Pope Francis about McCarrick’s sexual misconduct on June 23, 2013, but the pope did nothing to address the problem. The archbishop further presumed that Pope Francis could have known about “sanctions” imposed on McCarrick by his predecessor, Pope Benedict, over the case, but nevertheless made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.”

“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,” Vigano underscored.

Commenting on Vigano’s testimony, Maurizio Blondet, a prominent Italian journalist and author who has worked for the Il Giornale, l’Avvenire and La Padania newspapers, told Sputnik that trouble had long been brewing for the Roman Catholic Church.

Cover-Up Story

According to Blondet, McCarrick’s case is not the episode triggering concerns among Catholics. He recalled that in 2013, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca as a head of the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican Bank, despite the fact that the prelate had been accused of a reported “intolerable mĂ©nage” with a Swiss army officer in Uruguay.

“Even the nuns working within the embassy complained about it!” Blondet noted. “In 2001, Ricca was found in Montevideo’s gay area [Bulevar Artigas] where he had been beaten. In August 2001, in the middle of the night, the elevator of the nunciature stopped working. The firemen had to intervene in the early hours. Inside the blocked elevator the firemen found, together with Monsignor Ricca, a young man whom the police authorities identified.”

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One Response to “Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church: The Untold Story of Cover-Up”

  1. Caroline

    The interest in the Catholic Church and the subsequent cover-up of pedophilia within the “Church” is well documented in the DVD “Deliver us from evil” and is available in several location on the internet. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself as to how the “Church” works when one of their own is discovered to have engaged in the RAPE of a child be it male or female. The idea is to ‘just sweep it under the rug’ and ship the offending priest down the road that he may abuse again. I challenge any good catholic to condone this sort of activity and remain true to this “religion”.


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