I expect no less of Ivereigh. If Francis were to kill the Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church with his own hand, Ivereigh would find a way to downplay it!
Austen Ivereigh, the official biographer of Pope Francis and one of his most outspoken defenders, downplayed (Twitter, August 29) the explosive Viganò statement,
“As far as I can tell at this moment, the most serious charge against Francis is that in 2013 he knew about but failed to implement a sanction that was never made public and never enforced against a long retired cardinal who had sex with adults decades earlier.”
Then Ivereigh asked – as if a bishop forcing adult seminarians into his bed is no big deal – “What am I missing?”
Pope Francis has forced bishops to retire for much lesser misdeeds than his own hushing up of the McCarrick abuses.