Rome, Italy, Aug 31, 2018 / 09:50 am
In comments on the testimony of a former nuncio to the United States alleging sex abuse cover-up by the pope and several other bishops, the Vatican Secretary of State expressed hope that truth and justice would prevail, but said the situation was not concerning to him.
"It is not possible to express anything but pain in the face of these things, great pain," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. "I hope that we will all work in the search for truth and justice, they shall be our points of reference and nothing else. Certainly, the situation is not at all worrying."
Speaking to Vatican Insider Aug. 30, Parolin said he has been with Pope Francis before and after his trip to Ireland, and he "seems serene."
"The Pope is a great grace, even in the face of these things that obviously create so much bitter disappointment as well as much restlessness," Parolin said, in response to a question about Francis' state following a letter by Archbishop Carlo Viganò which calls for the pope's resignation.