The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel N. Di Nardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by Arch-bishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former nuncio to the United States, in a letter published by two Catholic media outlets “deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence.”
“Without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusations and the guilty may be left to repeat the sins of the past,” the cardinal said.
A former official of the apostolic nunciature in Washington, DC, has corroborated a key portion of the explosive testimony from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. “Vigano said the truth,” Msgr. Jean-Francois Lantheau-me, who was first counsellor at the nunciature, told the Catholic News Agency. Specifically, he confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed sanctions on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.