Crisis in the Vatican

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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, with his 11-page testimony, have thrown Francis' 5-year papacy into crisis. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, with his 11-page testimony, have thrown Francis' 5-year papacy into crisis. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Guests: Massimo Faggioli, Rocco Palmo, Heidi Schlumpf

The Catholic Church is facing another crisis just weeks after a Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse was made public. In a letter published over the weekend, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accuses Pope Francis of covering up sexual abuse by a former U.S. cardinal. Francis supporters argue that the accusations are politically motivated and come from a long time Francis critic with a grudge against the pontiff. But others are calling for the pontiff’s resignation. This hour, we’ll discuss Vigano, the allegations, the rift between conservative and liberal Catholics, and what it all means for the pope’s future and that of the Catholic Church. Our guests are MASSIMO FAGGIOLI, professor of historical theology at Villanova University, ROCCO PALMO, who writes for the news site “Whispers in the Loggia,” and HEIDI SCHLUMPF, national correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

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