The Viganò Testimony: TRUTH

The reactions to the Viganò (pronounced vig-ah-NOH) Testimony vary as you might expect, along “party lines”.

The papalatrous liberal Left, including not a few sychophants of simply stunning audacity, deny everything Viganò wrote.  Their main tack right now seems to be to impune Viganò’s character by his role in the case of former St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbp. John Neinstedt.

The more conservative and irritated Right, including not a few filterless exemplars of traditionalism’s chattering Id, are crying for blood in the form of mass resignations.  I would warn them of the results of their wishes coming true, given that Pope Francis is unlikely to abdicate and that he would be able then to replace swaths of the episcopate with the help of Card. Wuerl, Antonio Spadaro, Card. Baldisseri, etc.  Think about that for a while as you sip your Yoo-Hoo.

I say that the allegations about Viganò’s handling of the Neinstedt case are troubling.   There are real questions about his possible effort to squash evidence about Neinstedt’s lifestyle.  My suspicion is, if Viganò asked that some evidence be hidden or destroyed, he did that at the request of his own very shady superiors.  Does that excuse?  No.  It might explain.  There are questions.

That said, I don’t think those questions – factual or not – outweigh the content of the Viganò Testimony, which stands on its own merits.

And now there is further corroborations of the content of the Viganò Testimony.  Corroboration if not elaboration.

This comes today from CNA:

Former nunciature official: ‘Vigano said the truth’

Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2018 / 10:17 pm (CNA).- Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, told “the truth” in his explosive statement released to the press on Aug. 25.

[…]

The Viganò Testimony mentions Msgr. Lantheaume throughout, as a witness to what happened.

CNA contacted Msgr. Lantheaume and requested an interview with him to discuss the account attributed to him by Archbishop Viganò. Lantheaume, who has now left the Vatican diplomatic corps and serves in priestly ministry in France, declined to give an interview, and said he had no intentions of speaking further on the matter.

“Viganò said the truth. That’s all,” he wrote to CNA.

Dictum sapienti sat est, is I think how the phrase goes in the farcical play now playing out.

And, Cato like, we must ever repeat: The “Gay Lobby” must be destroyed.

UPDATE:

The Bishop of Tyler, Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, has issued a public statement that he thinks The Viganò Testimony is “credible”.  HERE

UPDATE:

At Daily Wire, read Matt Walsh

 

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6 Responses to The Viganò Testimony: TRUTH

  1. Ariseyedead says:

    Well, there goes a whole lot of quiet retirements for a bunch of senior prelates right out the window!!!

    And what is the latin for “Gay Lobby”? We need something to go with “delenda est!”

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    Ariseyedead :

    And what is the latin for “Gay Lobby”? We need something to go with “delenda est!”

    Lobia cinaeda ?

  3. LeeGilbert says:

    Wonder what it must be like to be a bishop these days, waking up to news like this. Clearly, one must say something, but what?

    I see Steve Skojek at 1P5 is hoping for episcopal reactions similar to that of Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas, but there are very good and holy reasons for keeping one’s mouth shut, namely that calling for the pope’s resignation may well result in being removed. PF plays hardball, and then what sort of a shepherd is likely to be imposed on the flock?

    Although McCarrick has resigned, it doesn’t go without saying that he is not still advising Pope Francis on episcopal appointments, etc. He could very well be living a life of”prayer and penance” down the hall in Domus Marthae. Where is he, anyway? In any case, he has a phone and may well interrupt his prayers to speak with PF from time to time, perhaps daily. In all seriousness, from PF’s point of view who would be a more knowledgeable confidante about the American scene? It seems obvious they are on the same wavelength.

    John Allen suggests to fellow journalists that they take all this with a very large grain of salt, but then again he can hardly afford to irritate his sources by suggesting anything else. The same goes for Rocco Palmo.

  4. mburn16 says:

    And what is the latin for “Gay Lobby”?

    Vestibulum ex inferno

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    Abp. Vigano’s testimony will be tested, but it will stand up. As an ordinary Catholic, his letter did not raise one of my eyebrows from surprise, not one. We all knew this information, all of it, it had just not been confirmed by an insider, and now it has been. But every fact he presented was already known. Anybody following this papacy closely has long understood what this person and his cabal are about. It has been obvious to anyone with eyes. They need to resign and get out. If they don’t get out Catholics will leave in droves and not come back.
    We are waiting to see who are truly the good shepherds who find their courage finally and start speaking out. There is talk about the conclave that elected this man and how it was invalid for many reasons. It’s time for Cardinals to find their voices again and resolve this quickly.

  6. Elizabeth D says:

    Vigano has now rebutted the charge that he “covered up” Neinstadt–and his rebuttal is credible and he states where the documents are that substantiate what he is saying. Others had a responsibility to clear his name already, and he remained publicly silent even though they did not do him this justice. Only now is he speaking up and it sounds like others are going to have to acknowledge that he has already been cleared. https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/08/27/archbishop-vigano-responds-to-criticisms-of-handling-of-2014-nienstedt-investigation/