> Pope Francis responding to explosive allegations by a former top Vatican official. Who accused the Pope of covering up sexual abuse in the church and called on him to resign.>> Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves. I will not say one word on this, I think the statement speaks for itself.
And you have sufficient journalistic capacity to reach your own conclusions.>> In the 11 page bombshell statement, which contained no supporting documents. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accuses the Pope of covering up sexual abuse by US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace. Since then, widespread abuse has been reported in several Catholic churches across the US, Europe, Chile, and Australia.
Recent findings by a Pennsylvania grand jury says 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. The allegations are causing a storm in the church, says Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Polella.>> There's going to be a war coming in and people are sort of choosing which side they're going to be on.
There will be winners and losers.>> Archbishop Vigano has long been a critic of the Pope. Accusing him of a softened stance on issues such as homosexuality and abortion.>> He himself was passed over, did not become the Cardinal, he's not a great fan of the Pope. He's conservative, and he has also been very critical of Pope Francis, along with other conservatives.
>> During his highly charged visit to Ireland, the Pope asked for forgiveness for the, quote, scandal and betrayal felt by victims of sexual exploitation. Reportedly saying the corruption and cover-up of abuse amounted to human excrement.