The Catholic Church is at the center of a child sex abuse scandal which exploding in the United States and other countries around the world. Yet a cardinal responding to criticism actually brought up environmental activism as part of a supposedly more important agenda. Absolutely stunning.
WGN News reports:
Cardinal Cupich responds to scathing letter by former top church official, defends record
A firestorm in the Catholic Church – internationally, nationally and now here in Chicago.
On Monday, Cardinal Blase Cupich responded to a scathing letter by former top church official in a controversy that has the so-called whistle-blower calling for the pope’s resignation.
Carlo Maria Vigano penned a letter leveling substantial accusations against top Catholic leaders. His criticism begins with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – and accusations he sexually abused seminarians for decades. Vigano said Pope Benedict sanctioned McCarrick, Pope Francis knew about it, and that Vigano personally told him but the Holy Father ignored his claims.
The pope said only, “I will not say a single word about this.” He called on journalists to make their conclusions and said “It’s an act of trust.”
“The pope knows we have a bigger agenda. We have to speak about the environment, about the poor, we have to reach out to people who are marginalized in society. We cannot be distracted at this moment,” Cupich said.
That response is going to make a lot of people very angry.
And for good reason.