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Francis Was Against Ouellet’s Answer, Preferred "Silence"

Robert Mickens - who called Benedict XVI in in 2014 a “rat” - has refuted the idea that Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Ouellet to write his open letter against Archbishop Viganò accusing him to be “false,” “far-fetched,” “blasphemous,” “incomprehensible,” “abhorrent” and wanting to "hurt" Francis.

Mickens writes on La-Croix.com (October 12) that he has learned from “different sources” that Francis was not in favour of the idea to answer Viganò.

And: “It took some effort to convince the pope, who then only begrudgingly consented to the publication of Ouellet’s letter.”

According to Mickens this would also be "more consistent" with the manner in which Francis "has [not] responded" to Viganò [or the Dubia cardinals] up to now.

Picture: Marc Ouellet, © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk CC BY-NC-SA, #newsNiepfvuxqb
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All this divisive scandal could have been avoided if Pope Francis had directly addressed all of Vigano's 11 pages of charges on August 25th. He refused. Better yet: had Cardinal O'Malley addressed the Fr. Boniface Ramsey letter in June 2015 about McCarrick's predator conduct. He, too, refused. Now, we pay a horrific price for the criminal failure of those at the highest levels of our Church. And … More