Cardinal (92) who ‘sought deal’ to bury sex abuse documents resigns

Irish Times

December 21, 2019

By Patsy McGarry

Mary McAleese described encounter with Angelo Sodano as ‘devastating moment’

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of one of the most controversial figures at the Vatican, Cardinal Angelo Sodano (92), Dean of the College of Cardinals for the past 15 years.

He had been Vatican Secretary of State from 1990 until 2005 and succeeded then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now retired Pope Benedict XVI) as Dean of the College of Cardinals in 2005.

The Vatican said Cardinal Sodano was stepping down “because of his advanced age”.

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