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August 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic apologist, author, and Franciscan University of Steubenville professor Scott Hahn has thanked the bishop of Tyler, Texas for supporting Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s testimony about Pope Francis and ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

“It seems like a good time to pray like never before…” Hahn tweeted.

He linked to LifeSiteNews’ translation of Viganò’s statement, which indicates that Pope Francis knew about and lifted strict canonical sanctions Pope Benedict XVI imposed on McCarrick. Viganò testified that despite knowing about McCarrick’s predation, which included sexually harassing seminarians and priests, Pope Francis consulted him on the appointments of U.S. bishops, notably Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Cardinal Blase Cupich.

“Wow! Lord, have mercy!” Hahn tweeted with a link to a National Catholic Register article on Viganò’s testimony.


Viganò also said that Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s claims he knew nothing about McCarrick’s actions are “laughable” and that Wuerl “lies shamelessly.”

Of Viganò’s statement, Joseph Strickland, the bishop of Tyler, Texas, wrote to his diocese, “Let us be clear that they are still allegations but as your shepherd I find them to be credible.”

“Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible,” Strickland said. “I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.”

“Thank you, Bishop Strickland…” Hahn wrote on Facebook along with the text of Strickland’s letter.

Hahn, a convert to Catholicism from Presbyterianism, is the author of dozens of books on the faith.