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Canon (church) Law says a pope can resign but the decision must be taken freely.In 2013, Francis's predecessor, Benedict, became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign.Vigano said that soon after the pontiff's election in 2013, he told Francis that Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., had engaged in sexual misconduct. He said that the pope did nothing and even lifted sanctions that had been imposed on McCarrick by Benedict, the former pope. Critics of Vigano say his statement has holes and contradictions.They say McCarrick disregarded any sanctions, appearing in public often, even alongside Benedict, in the years after Vigano says the former pope sanctioned McCarrick. The pope is also bishop of Rome.
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