CHICAGO, Ill. — In an open letter last week, a former top Catholic Church official made a stunning allegation against Pope Francis - accusing him of ignoring claims of sexual assault and abuse by now-removed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Pope Francis replied to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's letter by saying: "I will not say a single word on this."
"We write to you, Holy Father, to pose questions that need answers," the letter begins.
The authors thought they’d get about a thousand signatures after they posted the document online. At last check, more than 37,000 women have signed. The letter itself has now been hand-delivered to Pope Francis' representative in Washington, D.C., with the hope he will send it on to the pope.