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Archbishop Vigano: Corruption has reached top at Catholic Church

The former Vatican ambassador to the United States, who called on Pope Francis to resign over allegations that he was covering-up child abuse by priests, says corruption has reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.

According to Press TV, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has gone into hiding over fears for his safety since his 11-page testament released over the weekend, told an Italian journalist that he did not act out of anger or revenge.

“I spoke out because by now the corruption has arrived at the top of the church hierarchy,” Archbishop Vigano was quoted as saying.

The 77-year-old papal ambassador, who is known for his conservative views, said that he has “never had feelings of vendetta and rancor in all these years.”

Vigano also said that he was “serene and at peace” after publishing the letter, but saddened by what he described as subsequent attempts to undermine his credibility.

He claimed there was a “conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia.”

In the letter published on Sunday, Vigano accused Pope Francis of having known for years about the sexual misconduct by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, but preferred to ignore those allegations and instead rehabilitated him as a powerful figure in the American church.

Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and US Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal McCarrick, who was forced to resign last month.

Pope has declined to respond to the allegations.