Pope Francis Ditches pedophile Cardinal
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announced Wednesday that Pope Francis no longer requires the service of three cardinals who previously sat on his exclusive council of nine advisors, known in Vatican circles as the C-9. Francis wrote to the cardinals, all of whom he said had asked to resign from the group, in October of this year to thank them for their service. Gone are Australian George Pell, who has been on a leave of absence from the Vatican to fight historical sexual assault allegations in his home country and Chilean Francisco Errázuriz Ossa, who stands credibly accused of covering up for predator priests in Chile. Francis also accepted the resignation of Laurent Monsengwo, who recently retired as the archbishop of Kinshasa due to poor health.
The announcement came at the final briefing at the end of the C-9 group’s 27th regular meeting in Rome. The advisory cardinals were hand-picked by Francis shortly after he was elected in 2013 to help him reform the Roman Curia governing body of the Catholic Church.
During the briefing about the C-9’s recent work to streamline some of the offices of the Curia, Burke was asked a question about The Daily Beast’s recent reporting on Pell’s criminal trial, which is under a criminal suppression order in Australia that prohibits journalists from writing about the details. “The Holy See has the utmost respect for Australian judicial authorities,” Burke said. “We are aware that there is a suppression order in place by the court and we respect that order.”