Pope's alleged cover-up pivots on whe...

Pope's alleged cover-up pivots on when, if sanctions imposed

Monday Aug 27 Read more: SFGate
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The archbishop of Washington on Monday "categorically denied" ever being informed that Pope Benedict XVI had sanctioned his predecessor for sexual misconduct, undercutting a key element of a bombshell allegation that the current pope covered up clergy abuse. Cardinal Donald Wuerl issued a statement Monday after the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States accused Pope Francis of effectively freeing ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the sanctions in 2013 despite knowing of McCarrick's sexual predations against seminarians. Wuerl would have presumably known about the sanctions since McCarrick lived in his archdiocese.

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