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.