- Cindy Wooden
- Sep 13, 2018
An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church “should contribute substantially” to funding reparations for survivors of a former church-run orphanage where a mass grave of children’s remains was discovered.
Facing charges by a former papal ambassador to the U.S. that Pope Francis covered up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the pontiff on Sunday basically told reporters to examine the charges and reach their own conclusions.
While throngs of enthusiasts gathered for Pope Francis’s closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, across town papal critics held a rally and silent march in support of victims of clerical and institutional abuse in the Catholic Church, and to call for change.
In an airborne press conference at the close of his weekend visit to Irleand, Pope Francis responded to charges by a former Vatican ambassador in the United States that he had covered up misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by challenging reporters to examine the charges and draw their own conclusions.
For many families at the papal Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, the enthusiasm for Pope Francis is still there despite recent clerical abuse scandals.
Bringing his 32-hour visit to Ireland to a crescendo, Pope Francis Sunday celebrated an open-air Mass for a half-million people in which he apologized for the clerical sexual abuse crisis, saying “some members of the hierarchy didn’t own up to these painful situations and kept silent.”