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Pope Francis Speaks Out Against Hunger, Broken Food Systems

Pope Francis Speaks Out Against Hunger, Broken Food Systems

“Food has been reduced to a commodity,” the Pope said at a Rome nutrition conference

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The Pope is concerned that we are corrupting our food supply, and not allowing everyone equal access to nutritious food.

Pope Francis has been showcasing his interest in a wide range of global issues and concerns throughout his papacy. Most recently, he spoke at the Second International Conference of Nutrition in Rome, where he addressed nutritionists and policymakers about his concerns over not only world hunger, but also the corruption of the food supply due to tampering (through creation of GMOs, etc.) and the commodification of sustenance, making nutritious food hard to reach for many people the world over.

The Pope warned that before we begin tampering with the “fruits of Mother Nature,” we must focus on the large multitude of people who suffer from hunger every day.

“Interest in the production, availability and accessibility of foodstuffs, climate change, and agricultural trade should certainly inspire rules and technical measures, but the first concern must be the individual as a whole, who lacks daily nourishment and has given up thinking about life, family, and social relationships, instead fighting for survival,” he said in his speech at the conference, also naming the main “Evils” of food production which include waste, over-consumption, and the use of food for other ends.

In the past, the Pope has chastised the global community for its “despicable culture of food waste.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Ever since he was elected as the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his efforts to reform the church.

But in the past week, the war at the heart of the Vatican has exploded into the open, plunging Francis into the worst crisis of his five-year papacy. Cardinals and bishops have openly fired shots accusations of lies, treachery, score-settling, character assassination and fake news have engulfed the global church.

The touchpaper was lit while Francis was on a challenging trip to Ireland last weekend. The painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up cast a long, dark shadow over his visit however many times Francis spoke of the church’s shame and sorrow, it was not enough for survivors who demanded action. The highlight, an open-air papal mass in Phoenix Park, was attended, according to some estimates, by a quarter of the 500,000 expected.

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attends the closing mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

In the middle of this, a retired Vatican diplomat released an incendiary 11-page letter claiming Francis had known of abuse allegations against a high-ranking church figure from 2013, but failed to take action.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US and a conservative within the church, said the pope knew that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, “was a corrupt man, [but] he covered for him to the bitter end”.

Viganò named a string of cardinals and archbishops who he said also knew about the McCarrick claims. “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy,” Francis should resign, he said.

The letter was released as the issue of abuse was already engulfing the church and its leader. In July, Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal following fresh claims of sexual abuse, which the former archbishop denies. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report contained devastating details of clerical sex crimes and their cover-up an Australian archbishop was convicted of concealing child abuse in Chile, 34 bishops offered their resignation in a cover-up scandal. Further criminal trials of high-ranking church figures are scheduled in the coming months. Facing scandals on multiple fronts, Francis released an unprecedented missive to the world’s Catholic faithful, publicly acknowledging the church’s failures.

Viganò’s claims – timed when Francis was already vulnerable – unleashed opposing forces within the church. The old guard of the Curia – the Vatican’s governing bodies, a hotbed of power struggles, intrigue and paranoia – bitterly resents Francis’s efforts to root out what they view as centuries of clerical tradition and he sees as hypocrisy, narcissism and “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. Now the gloves were off.

St Peter’s dome in the Vatican. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Francis loyalists leaped to his defence and lambasted the former diplomat. Robert McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, said Viganò’s letter contained “clear efforts to settle old personal scores” and promoted a “hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught”. Viganò “consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion,” he added.

Bishops in Argentina publicly supported their compatriot, saying Viganò had made a “ruthless” attack on the pope. Bishops in Spain and Peru issued similar statements, with the Peruvians denouncing “attempts to destabilise the church”.

The head of a Latin American bishops’ council, Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogotá, condemned “attacks on the pope as a person”. Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit and staunch defender of Pope Francis, warned of “fake news”.

But others said Viganò’s allegations must be taken seriously. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, said Viganò was a man of integrity and “selfless dedication”. “To dismiss [his claims] lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation.”


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