Vatican City, Aug 28, 2018 / 16:10 pm
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's personal secretary said Tuesday that the former pope has not commented on a testimony released Saturday by a former Vatican ambassador, and that he has no plans to do so.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein told German newspaper Die Tagepost Aug. 28 that accounts Benedict had "confirmed" Vigano's testimony were "fake news."
On Aug. 25, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, published an 11-page document which called for the resignation of Pope Francis and several cardinals and bishops, whom he accused of covering-up of sexual misconduct allegations against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In the testimony, Viganò wrote that Benedict had "imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis" and that Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.