Lettergate has produced a casualty… another casualty, the first being the Truth.
Or did it?
The Prefect of the Secretariate for Communications, Msgr. Dario Viganò – who so botched the the handling of the pro-Francis booklet roll out by unscrupulously slicing and dicing Benedict XVI’s letter and then weaponizing it – has resigned. The Bolletino has a declaration from the Holy See Press Office’s Greg Burke. It includes links to Viganò’s letter and Pope Francis’ response.
Not content with writing just a resignation letter Viganò extends the agony with a missive of some 350 words including a review of human history, a summary of the pontificate, excerpts from Bible, a pie recipe, and a wedding toast. Seriously, all he needed was, “Your Holiness, with the present letter I submit my resignation. Thank you.” But, no.
Not content with writing just “Resignation accepted”, His Holiness – who wouldn’t have been blamed for falling asleep as he read the above-mentioned – responded with 180+ of his own, in which, incredibly, he REHIRED Viganò as “Assessore” – a kind of second in command – of the same office he screwed up to the global embarrassment of the Holy See. Apparently Francis wants Viganò around so he can still “give his human and professional contribution to the new Prefect”.
Some people get unceremoniously sacked. Some people get a little tap on the wrist.
Not even libs like Always-Wrong Mickens knows how Viganò got his step and with what credentials, but he must have some pretty impressive skills that are deemed indispensable. Perhaps he’s a good… what?… editor?
These are the mysteries of mercy.
In any event, Lettergate seems to be slouching into its whimpering denouement.