29 May 2022

Influential Cardinal Who Impeded Vatican Sex Abuse Investigations, Angelo Sodano, Dead at 94

Angelo Sodano is dead. May God have granted him repentance before death for his many, many sins. Pray for his soul. He will need the prayers.

From Memorare

By J. Basil Dannebohm

Cardinal Angelo Sodano has died. He was 94 years old.

The Pillar was the first American Catholic media outlet to break the news that Sodano passed away. The story can be read in its entirety here.

As noted in the article:

The cardinal impeded Vatican investigations into claims of sexual abuse against high-ranking clerics and is widely reported to have defended or enabled some priests and bishops accused of serial sexual abuse, including former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Sodano blocked Vatican investigations into Legion of Christ founder Marcel Maciel, who was eventually found to have serially sexually abused minor seminarians, young priests, and numerous women around the globe, to have fathered children, and to have been a drug addict for decades.

The cardinal was also accused of defending other priests and bishops facing serial sexual abuse, cover-up, or negligence charges, and of advising Pope Francis that allegations against Chilean Bishop Juan Barros were concocted by political enemies of the Church.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Sodano played a key role in communications between the Vatican and American bishops over sexual abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick; Sodano was accused of providing incomplete information to Pope John Paul II on allegations against McCarrick, or otherwise ignoring complaints.

Sodano was elected dean of the College of Cardinals in 2005 and remained in the position for nearly 15 years.

It is the opinion of this website, that Sodano was cut from the same fabric of Cardinal Godfried Danneels.

Because of his indefensible actions and involvement in the sex abuse scandals, and for the numerous other deplorable scandals allegedly associated with the highly influential cardinal (who was considered JPII's right hand man), the publisher of this website, himself a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, will not be eulogizing him. Rather, Memorare Media offers continued prayers for the numerous victims of clergy sexual abuse throughout the world, whose sufferings were only intensified by Sodano's scandals, silence, and cover ups.

(Our thanks to The Pillar for breaking the news.)

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