PODCAzT 167: Reflection of Bp. Athanasius Schneider about The Viganò Testimony

I received this Reflection on the Viganò Testimony by Bp. Schneider.

I read it aloud to help those who can’t always sit still to read on screens have access to the bishop’s reflection.

Reflection about the “Testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò from August 22, 2018

By Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider

It is a rare and an extremely grave fact in Church History that a bishop accuses publicly and specifically a reigning Pope. In a recently published document (from August 22, 2018) Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò testifies, that since five years, Pope Francis had known two facts: that Cardinal Theodor McCarrick committed sex offenses against seminarians and against his subordinates, and that there are sanctions, which Pope Benedict XVI imposed on him. Furthermore, Archbishop Viganò confirmed his statement by a sacred oath invoking the name of God. There is, therefore, no reasonable and plausible cause to doubt the truth content of the document of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Catholics all over the world, the simple faithful, the “little ones”, are deeply shocked and scandalized about recently disclosed grave cases in which Church authorities covered and protected clerics who committed sexual offenses against minors and against their own subordinates. Such an historical situation, which the Church is experiencing in our days, requires absolute transparency on all levels of Church’s hierarchy, and in first place evidently on behalf of the Pope.

It is completely insufficient and unconvincing, that Church authorities continue to formulate general appeals for a zero tolerance in the cases of clerical sexual abuses and for a stop of covering such cases. Equally insufficient are the stereotyped pleas for forgiveness on behalf of Church authorities. Such appeals for zero tolerance and pleas for forgiveness will become credible only if the authorities of the Roman Curia will lay the cards on the table, giving the names and surnames of all those in the Roman Curia – independent of their rank and title –  who covered the cases of sexual abuse of minors and of subordinates.

From the document of Archbishop Viganò one can draw the following conclusions:

(1) That the Holy See and the Pope himself will start to cleanse uncompromisingly the Roman Curia and the episcopate from homosexual cliques and networks. (2) That the Pope will proclaim unambiguously the Divine doctrine about the grievously sinful character of homosexual acts. (3) That there will be issued peremptory and detailed norms, which will prevent the ordination of men with a homosexual tendency. (4) That the Pope restores the purity and unambiguity of the entire Catholic doctrine in teaching and preaching. (5) That there will be restored in the Church through papal and episcopal teaching and through practical norms the ever valid Christian ascesis: the exercises of fasting, of corporal penitence, of abnegations. (6) That there will be restored in the Church the spirit and the praxis of reparation and expiation for sins committed. (7) That there will start in the Church a securely guaranteed selection process of candidates to the episcopacy, who are demonstrably true men of God; and that it would be better to leave the dioceses several years without a bishop rather than to appoint a candidate who is not a true man of God in prayer, in doctrine and in moral life. (8) That there will start in the Church a movement especially among cardinals, bishops and priests to renounce any compromise and any flirt with the world.

One would not be surprised, when the mainstream oligarchical international media, which promote homosexuality and moral depravity, will start to denigrate the person of Archbishop Viganò and to let disappear the core issue of his document in the sand.

In midst of the spreading of Luther’s heresy and the deep moral crisis of a considerable part of the clergy and especially of the Roman Curia, Pope Adrian VI wrote the following astonishingly frank words, addressed to the Imperial Diet of Nuremberg in 1522: “We know, that for some time many abominations, abuses in ecclesiastical affairs, and violations of rights have taken place in the Holy See; and that all things have been perverted into bad. From the head the corruption has passed to the limbs, from the Pope to the prelates: we have all departed; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Ruthlessness and transparency in detecting and in confessing the evils in the life of the Church will help to initiate an efficient process of spiritual and moral purification and renewal. Before condemning others, every clerical office holder in the Church, regardless of rank and title, should ask himself in the presence of God, if he himself had in some way covered sexual abuses. Should he discover himself guilty, he should confess it publicly, for the Word of God admonishes him: “Be not ashamed to acknowledge your guilt” (Sir 4:26). For, as Saint Peter, the first Pope, wrote, “the time has come for the judging, starting with the house (the church) of God” (1 Peter 4:17).

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

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  1. Malta says:

    Ther e is a ninth possibility that Catholics like me will just go to the FSSPX where there are, to my knowledge, no priestly abuse scandals. Satan’s smoke entered the Church after Vatican II. But I told my priest friend that Vatican II was not the cause, but the result of Satan’s fiery rage on the Church.

  2. Malta says:

    I wrote about it her: http://www.newoxfordreview.org/article.jsp?did=0107-conlee

    I have something more controversial that I am writing, but I’m not sure if I could get it published.

  3. Gabriel Syme says:

    What a great letter from Bishop Schneider and thanks to Fr Z for his work in publicising this.

    I must say, +Schneider seems very positive about what will happen in the wake of this (see his 8 conclusions). I hope he knows something which we don’t!

    And although he does not mention the possibility of Francis stepping down, he only refers to “the Pope” (as opposed to “Pope Francis”) when specifically discussing the 8 conclusions he draws as to what is coming next.

  4. Archlaic says:

    If the Holy Father was serious about cleaning-up this unholy mess, this man – Archbishop Athanasius Schneider – would already be on his way to Rome to head the “Scorched Earth Crusade”… with his choice of collaborators! A few African cardinals if you please…

    Sigh… we can dream… perhaps his successor will do it!

  5. Benedict Joseph says:

    I’d say brilliant, but it really isn’t. Its simply the plain truth well put. Its all that need be said and done. One asks why it is not happening. Why, indeed. Answer that one and you are at the crux of the problem.
    Archbishop Viganò wrote the truth and everyone knows he did. Those who protest do so in desperation. Why are we so afraid of the truth?
    Our leaders, our shepherds are unworthy of their office if they will not respond with zeal to the truth that is before us. If they can’t do that they need step aside. The longer we wait the more souls are compromised. The first step is the hardest, we learned as children. After that you just keep going.

  6. teomatteo says:

    I’m not one to think about being on the ‘right side of history’ and all that that implies but i was thinking that maybe the person who can clean this mess up will many years from now be the saint our great grandchildren will read about. The big picture and all..

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  9. Danteewoo says:

    Bishop Schneider’s eight conclusions sound like a fairy tale. They are all wonderful, but how? Who will bell the cat?

  10. Matamoros says:

    As I posted elsewhere:

    We should all welcome the revelations coming forth about the hierarchy, priests, and yes, the Pope. The Church is constantly under attack by the forces of evil, and will always be so.

    I believe that God has willed that rather than a great persecution of the Church, He will proceed in this direction to see if Catholics will refuse to be complicit in the great sins (homosexuality and pedophilia) that these men have brought into the very heart of the Church.

    We must never remember that the Church, although administered by men, is a divine institution, and God will purify it as and when He wills. Thus, it is with great joy that we are learning that God is causing light to be shined upon these evil men in clerical clothing so that they can be removed and to “restore all things in Christ.”

    Let us, therefore, be harsh in our judgment of these men who have so perverted God’s holy things and demand, and keep demanding, that they be cast out of the hierarchy and priesthood. God, restore your Church! By your holy Immaculate Conception, O Mary, protect us from all evil!

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