PopeWatch: Vigano Summary

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Lisa Bourne at Lifesite News has an excellent summary of the Vigano affidavit:


1. Archbishop Viganò accused Pope Francis of covering up for McCarrick

In his testimony, Viganò calls on Pope Francis to “honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests.” Whether or not the Pope learned of the McCarrick allegations earlier, Viganò states, “the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013 and continued to cover for him. He did not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him and made him his trusted counselor …”

Francis had asked Viganò during the June 2013 apostolic visit, “What is Cardinal McCarrick like?” but neither reacted nor seemed surprised when Viganò told him of the substantial dossier on McCarrick’s abuse allegations, Viganò said, and the pope seemed focused instead on the Bishops in the United States not being “ideologized.”

Viganò said as well that Francis’ behavior regarding the McCarrick matter was “no different” than in the Chilean Church’s sex abuse scandal. Francis had appointed Bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros to the See of Osorno against the advice of the Chilean bishops, first insulted the abuse victims, then later apologized, but continued to protect the two Chilean Cardinals Errazuriz and Ezzati.

“Even in the tragic affair of McCarrick, Pope Francis’s behavior was no different,” Viganò said. “He knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator. Although he knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end.”

2. Viganò called on Pope Francis to resign

Since the McCarrick revelations surfaced in June and with the August 14 release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing 70 years of abuse of at least 1,000 victims perpetrated by around 300 priests in six dioceses, there have been escalating calls for those in the U.S. Church’s hierarchy with any role in the abuse cover-up to resign. 

In his testimony, Archbishop Viganò extended that call to Francis for his part in enabling sexual abuse.

“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”

3. Viganò named McCarrick as a ‘kingmaker’ for appointments in the Curia and U.S. 

While at the Vatican guesthouse for a meeting of apostolic nuncios on June 20, 2013, McCarrick had indicated to Viganò that Francis had green-lighted his being free of any canonical restrictions, according to Viganò’s testimony. 

“It was also clear that, from the time of Pope Francis’s election, McCarrick, now free from all constraints, had felt free to travel continuously, to give lectures and interviews,” Viganò states. “In a team effort with [Honduran] Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga [a top Francis advisor, also implicated in covering for widespread homosexual activity at the major seminary in his archdiocese and mismanagement of Church funds], he had become the kingmaker for appointments in the Curia and the United States, and the most listened to advisor in the Vatican for relations with the Obama administration.”

4. Viganò explained why Cardinal Raymond Burke was demoted

Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading voice of orthodoxy in the Church, roundly criticized by liberals for holding the line on preserving Church doctrine and liturgy, has been unceremoniously demoted by Pope Francis more than once since Francis’s election – both from the Congregation of Bishops, which advises the Pope on choosing bishops, and from the Apostolic Signature, the Church’s highest court.

Viganò follows his naming of McCarrick as Francis’ “kingmaker” by stating that this led to Burke’s ouster from the Congregation of Bishops, and that Francis also then began bypassing the nuncio’s office in naming bishops

“This is how one explains that, as members of the Congregation for Bishops, the Pope replaced Cardinal Burke with Wuerl and immediately appointed Cupich, who was promptly made a cardinal,” he says. “With these appointments the Nunciature in Washington was now out of the picture in the appointment of bishops.”

5. Viganò explained how Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich and other liberal prelates were elevated

McCarrick as “kingmaker” not only facilitated pushing the nuncio out of naming bishops for the U.S., Viganò says, it opened the door to some of the most liberal appointments in the U.S. Church.

“The appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by McCarrick, Maradiaga and Wuerl, united by a wicked pact of abuses by the first, and at least of cover-up of abuses by the other two,” Viganò writes. “Their names were not among those presented by the Nunciature for Chicago and Newark.”

“The appointment of (Bishop Robert) McElroy in San Diego was also orchestrated from above,” says Viganò, “with an encrypted peremptory order to me as Nuncio, by Cardinal Parolin: “Reserve the See of San Diego for McElroy.” 

“McElroy was also well aware of McCarrick’s abuses,” the former nuncio states as well, “as can be seen from a letter sent to him by Richard Sipe on July 28, 2016.”

Go here to read the rest.  Evil has flourished in the Church largely due to the secrecy that envelops the higher regions of the Church.  Vigano has broken the code of Omerta and for this every decent Catholic owes him gratitude.

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  1. Archbishop Vigano was tearful when he left … – Fr. Z has a piece about his last visit. The courage, humility, and faith in God is an inspiration, as well as an indication of how far the Vatican has fallen to the prince of the world. Also, the FG Walker ten minute update on Canon 212 summarizes the serious condition that we are experiencing.

  2. The rest is worthwhile reading:
    6. Viganò confirmed homosexual network operatives in US church at highest levels
    7. Viganò called Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl a liar
    8. Viganò implicated Cardinal Parolin, who is considered papabile, in the McCarrick scandal
    9. Viganò revealed Pope’s dislike of ‘right-wing,’ i.e. faithful, bishops
    10. Viganò identified Jesuit Fr. James Martin as someone who promotes ‘LGBT agenda’

  3. I am praying asking God to purify the Church no matter the cost. Please join me in that prayer.

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