The Heat: Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

The Heat

Pope Francis spent the weekend in Ireland, the first visit by a pope there in nearly 40 years.

His mission – to reconnect with the country’s 3.7 million Catholics, and seek forgiveness for members of the Church’s leadership who “kept quiet” about clerical child sex abuse. But on Sunday, the Church was rocked by a new allegation. Carlo Maria Viganò, the former top Vatican diplomat in the United States, and a staunch critic of the pope, claimed in a letter that Pope Francis, himself, joined top Vatican officials in covering up the abuses. He called on the pope to resign.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman has more on a scandal that’s gone on for more than three decades.

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To discuss:

  • Becky Ianni was abused when she was eight years old, and now heads a regional chapter of SNAP — the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
  • Jason Miller is the director of Campaigns and Development for the Franciscan Action Network.
  • Raymond Flynn served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. 
  • Marie Collins was abused by a priest at the age of 13. She would later resign in protest from Pope Francis’s Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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