Cupich said Vigano, who emerged as a critic of Pope Francis after losing a power struggle under Pope Benedict, had always been cordial with him during personal interactions.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington - who himself faces calls to resign for covering up abuse while formerly bishop of Pittsburgh - denied any knowledge that his predecessor had been either sanctioned or accused of abuse.
"I would say first of all to pray- then, to not condemn, to talk, to understand, to make space for the son or daughter", he said to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
Vigano in the letter claims that he told Francis in 2013 about "a dossier this thick" with information about McCarrick's alleged misconduct toward young members of the church.
According to Vigano, a memo from Archbishop Montalvo was ignored as well as a memo he penned to the Secretariat of State, then Archbishop Fernando Filoni, in 2008 where he repeated "to my superiors that I thought it was necessary to intervene as soon as possible by removing the cardinal's hat from Cardinal McCarrick".
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However, no such sanctions, which normally are made public, were announced by the Vatican at the time.
He claimed that McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, advised the pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.
"It was only when he was forced by the report of the abuse of a minor, again on the basis of media attention, that he took action [regarding McCarrick] to save his image in the media", Vigano continued.
Cupich said he did not know anything about the allegations against McCarrick until moments before they were announced publicly. He said he spoke directly to Cardinal Wuerl on several occasions and that Cardinal Wuerl "failed to acknowledge receipt of my two letters, contrary to what he customarily did".
Aoibhin Meghen, a worshipper at the mass, said the Pope needed to take responsibility for cover-ups by Catholic officials and clergymen.
He accused Vatican officials of knowing about the sexual escapades of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick since 2000, but making him a cardinal anyway.
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Cardinal Farrell told Catholic News Service July 24: "I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before in the six years I was there with him". "This Archdiocese and the Diocese of Metuchen received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlements".
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the retired Vatican ambassador to the US, also alleges that McCarrick had been sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI over sexual misconduct, that Pope Francis himself knew, and that those sanctions were later repealed by Pope Francis anyway. Bishop Alberto Rojas will serve as administrator of San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio parish.
Strickland's letter did not say why he believes the allegations are credible.
Despite the overwhelming emphasis on abuse, the Pope told reporters on his flight back to Rome that he "found so much faith in Ireland".
Vigano, 77, a conservative whose hard-line anti-gay views are well known, also urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue.
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