DailyWire has a piece with 7 points in reference to Francis and Viganò and what they knew and if they are telling the truth.
In that piece the writer rightly points out a weak point in Viganò’s claims:
If there is perhaps one Achilles heel to Viganó’s testimony on this, it is the video of him attending the Pontifical Mission Societies gala in 2012, six months after the supposed sanctions were allegedly known to him, in which he expressly honored McCarrick in a speech, even going as far to say that the Cardinal was “very much loved by us all.” See below:
Abp Carlo Maria Vigano at a gala honoring then-Cardinal McCarrick in May 2012, six months after the archbishop now says he was given instructions about Pope Benedict’s supposed sanctioning of McCarrick. pic.twitter.com/x1XAc0qUlS
— Cindy Wooden (@Cindy_Wooden) August 29, 2018
In his defense, Viganó has stated he was strictly following protocol as Nuncio, which gave him no authority to enforce the sanctions on Cardinal McCarrick. Such actions were in the jurisdiction of D.C. Cardinal Wuerl, whom Viganó says undermined Pope Benedict’s order.
“I was just at the beginning of my mission and no one knew about the measure,” the former Nuncio told NCR. “Wuerl and McCarrick knew, because I’d already told McCarrick repeatedly about this measure taken by Pope Benedict, but I couldn’t make the slightest impression that I had something against the cardinal in public.”
“So as usual on these occasions, I made an appreciation, everybody loves you and so on, but this doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t prove anything,” he said.
Remember that Viganò was a long time diplomat. Remember too that he is Italian.
When I working in a Curial office I was at first rather taken aback by the style of letters I had to write, with flowery – to American ears – phrases and formulae. Why not just get to the point? What’s with acknowledging receipt of “Your Excellency’s is most esteemed letter under date of…”?
I eventually figured it out. The elaborate courtesy and formulae allowed people to sincerely disliked each other and vehemently disagreed to continue to communicate and get things done.
That Viganò treated me ex-Card. McDisgrace as he did reflects his training and his Curial experience.
Also, imagine what was going through ex-Card’s mind as he listened to the polite words from Viganò!
There’s a verse in Holy Writ about heaping hot coals on foreheads.