Thousands of Catholic women have signed an open letter to the Pope urging him to break his silence over claims he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse.
In the letter, they told Francis they felt 'angry, betrayed and disillusioned' over claims he ignored abuse allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to the US, made the claims at the weekend saying the pontiff 'covered' for 'serial predator' McCarrick 'to the bitter end'. But the Argentine has yet to address Vigano's claims.
A letter calling for answers from the pope, originally signed by just 53 Catholic women including seminarians, professors and theologians, has now been backed by more than 13,000.
It says: 'Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing our beloved Church. We are angry, betrayed and disillusioned.
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