- Jun 2, 2020
Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, a Vatican diplomat who once served in Canada, Chile and western Africa, is under investigation by police in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.
90 years after securing the establishment of the Vatican City State, Holy See diplomats are facing questions from officials over their files on the sexual abuse crisis.
In the aftermath following claims from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that Pope Francis knew about misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and ignored them, Viganò’s own handling of a sex abuse crisis in the U.S. has come into sharp focus.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican diplomat who has accused Pope Francis of knowing about former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse of seminarians, has issued a strong denial of a two-year-old report that he stopped an independent investigation into Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis.
An Italian journalist who says he helped a former Vatican diplomat pen his bombshell allegation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis says he persuaded the archbishop to go public after the U.S. Church was thrown into turmoil by sex abuse revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, told “the truth” in his explosive statement released to the press on Aug. 25.