The Vatican is accusing the media of an “ignoble attack” on the Pope over claims he did nothing to to prevent a US priest molesting up to 200 deaf boys at a school in Milwaukee, USA.
Addressing 70,000 young people in Rome’s St Peter’s Square last night, the pontiff urged the gathering to “avoid falling into the abyss of drug and alcohol abuse.”
But he failed to mention the child sex scandals which the Catholic Church stands accused of covering up over many years.
The New York Times has claimed the Pope – who was the Vatican’s top doctrinal official in the 1990s – did nothing about complaints made against the now deceased priest despite being told of the abuses.
Victims’ spokesman Mark Salmon said: “One of the documents that have been uncovered revealed that the problem or dilemma that the archdiocese had with Father Murphy at the time, was that he was just this terrific fundraiser so when these problems were being brought to light, they had this dilemma of ‘we can’t lose this fundraiser’.”
The new claims follow the Pope’s acceptance of the resignation of Irish Bishop John Magee after an independent report concluded he mishandled allegations of clerical sex abuse in his County Cork diocese.