|The Vatican - "shame and scandal in the family"|
The accusation came as the pope concluded his trip to Ireland where he begged for forgiveness for decades of Catholic abuse.
A former high ranking Vatican official has called on Pope Francis to step down, accusing the pontiff of knowing about sex abuse allegations against a prominent US cardinal for five years before finally accepting his resignation last month.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano laid out his argument in an 11-page letter that was published Sunday in the National Catholic Register and another conservative site, LifeSiteNews.
The 77-year-old Vigano, an arch-conservative with strong anti-homosexual views, said he told the pope in 2013 that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had faced voluminous allegations of sexually abusing lower-ranking seminarians and priests.
Read more: Pope Francis knew of abuse scandal says ex-Vatican envoy | News | DW | 26.08.2018