Pope Francis suggests that the devil is behind the sex-abuse cover up scandal in the Catholic church
Reports state that although he did not mention the allegations of sex abuse cover-up directly, he appeared to refer to the Theodore McCarrick scandal.
Pope Francis on Wednesday claimed that Satan has been unchained and that he has it in for the bishops who have been accused of covering-up a series of sexual abuse cases, a major scandal which has engulfed the Catholic church over the recent months.
The pontiff made a statement that the devil "had it in" for bishops "in order to scandalize the people", according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that although he did not mention the allegations of sex abuse cover-up directly, he appeared to refer to the Theodore McCarrick scandal.
McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, was removed from the ministry in June this year after a review board found there was "credible" evidence that he had assaulted a teen while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s. Reports later emerged that it was apparently an open secret, even in the Vatican, that McCarrick molested young priests and harassed them routinely.
Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in an eleven-page statement, claimed that Pope Francis had lifted unconfirmed Vatican sanctions against the disgraced McCarrick when Benedict XVI was in the papal throne. This claim resulted in the former papal envoy to Washington to call for the pope's resignation earlier this month.
Reports state that shortly after Vigano had made his statement against Francis, the pope told reporters that he "won't say a word" about the claims made by the Italian Archbishop.
Francis, last month, had called for "silence and prayer" for the victims involed in the scandal and had slammed authorities of the Irish church for failing to take actions over the sex abuse allegations.
The pontiff, while addressing the Vatican on Wednesay, however, had suggested that the "Great Accuser", referring to the devil, was behind the Italian Archbishop's revelations of him.
"In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and has it in for bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people," the pope said.
Another controversial statement came from the Vatican on Tuesday after a top aide to both Francis and Benedict said that the sex abuse scandal was such a catastrophe for them that it was like their "own 9/11."