While the allegation of Pope Francis having known about sexual abuse within the Catholic Church have yet to be proven, they are grounded in reality, asserts Damian Thompson of The Spectator. He was coy, refusing to comment, when asked about whether he had been told about the abuse of Washington D.C.’s archbishop, Theodore McCarrick. Given that this man was close to the Pope, it is not unfeasible that the latter knew of these crimes. Although the Pope has many enemies within the Church, this story is worth investigating. However, as a favorite among liberals, many news outlets have refused to criticize him heavily.
The allegations of Pope Francis having known about sexual abuse merit further digging, but they seem to be politically motivated, suggests Michael J. O’Loughlin of The New Republic. Archbishop Carlo Viganò, who released the letter detailing that the Pope supposedly knew about abuses, is ideologically very opposed to him. He also released this letter right before the Pope flew from Ireland to Rome, which would put him in the hot seat during the customary press conference. His liberal stance on social issues has created many enemies within the Catholic Church, Vilanò and others may be trying to smear a leader they don’t like.