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Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help - International

Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help - International

POPE FRANCIS believes the devil is behind the sexual abuse crisis engulfing the Catholic church and is calling on believers to help fight the power of Satan.

Ouellet's letter also came just a day after the pope approved a "thorough" study of all Vatican archives to investigate how McCarrick managed to be promoted in the Catholic Church despite allegations that he was sexually involved with seminarians and young priests.

In a statement October 6, the Vatican said Pope Francis had ordered a thorough review of the archives of Vatican offices to study how the allegations were handled.

"You have sufficient elements to "justify" your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes".

Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis "compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name". Wuerl presided over 32 accused priests during his time at the Pittsburgh diocese. "Once again for any past errors in judgment I apologize and ask for pardon".

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In accepting your resignation, I ask you to remain as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the appointment of your successor.

Cardinal McCarrick "was strongly exhorted not to travel and not to appear in public so as not to provoke further rumors", Cardinal Ouellet said, but "it is false to present these measures taken in his regard as "sanctions" decreed by Pope Benedict XVI and annulled by Pope Francis". The report mentioned Wuerl more than 150 times in its investigation in detailing the cases of several priests who were allowed to continue their ministry despite complaints about sexual abuse, in several cases with Wuerl's direct knowledge.

The Cardinal has been a figure of much contention since June, however, because of his relationship to disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his role in handling clerical sexual abuse cases as Bishop of Pittsburgh. Most of the victims were boys, of which half were 13 or less years. They included a letter from the archdiocesan chancellor Kim Vitti Fiorentino, who lamented that Wuerl's "pioneering leadership in the enhancement, implementation and enforcement of historically innovative child protection policies was overshadowed by the (Pennsylvania grand jury) report's flaws and its interpretation by the media". In the immediate aftermath of the report's release, the archdiocese published a website attempting to defend Wuerl's record, a move that brought widespread condemnation.

A joint statement by Washington auxiliary bishops also praised Wuerl for his service and pastoral care and said his decision to step down was a "clear manifestation of his love and concern for the people of the archdiocese". However, as Pope Francis has said: "We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead" (Philadelphia, Sept. 27, 2015).

It is noted that now deepens the polarization between conservatives and liberals in the Church.


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