UPDATE 27 August:
CNN… what a bunch of dopes.
Former Archbishop wants Pope to resign
In a statement seen by CNN on Sunday, former Archbishop and Vatican ambassador to the US Carlo Maria Vigano said he told the Pope about allegations of sexual abuse against high-profile American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick five years ago, but that the Pontiff did nothing about it.Source: CNN
That unbeatable combo of ignorance and arrogance.
UPDATE 27 August:
Wuerl goes on offense. He wants Viganò investigated.
Perhaps the starting point for a serene and objective review of this testimony is the inclusion of Archbishop Viganò’s tenure as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in the mandate of the Apostolic Visitation already called for by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
From the Archd. of Washington DC site:
UPDATE 27 August:
Bp. Olmsted of Phoenix has stated:
I have always known and respected [Archbishop Viganò] as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity. … For this reason, I ask that Archbishop Viganò’s testimony be taken seriously by all, and that every claim that he makes be investigated thoroughly.
UPDATE 27 August:
Matt Walsh at Daily Wire writes:
A few points about all of this:
1) There are no flattering ways to interpret Pope Francis’ non-denial. Either he is guilty as sin or he has so much disdain and hubris in his heart that he does not think he owes anyone an explanation. I suppose a third possibility is that the man has gone completely senile. But until Vatican doctors testify to the latter option, we are left choosing between the first two or both combined.
Whichever is true, Francis’ answer is shameful. Catholic faithful around the world had already been deeply distressed and heartbroken as they watched their beloved Church gasping and staggering under the weight of cowardice, debauchery, and corruption. Now that the Pope has been implicated, many Catholics have found themselves teetering on the edge of despair. In the face of such scandal and pain, Francis has nothing to offer but smugness. It is disgraceful.
2) If the allegations are true, Pope Francis must resign. He would lack the moral capacity to lead even a local parish in North Dakota, let alone the entire Church. If he will not resign, then he must be pushed out. The message would need to be sent from every good Bishop, every good priest, and every good Catholic lay person, that they will not tolerate such abuses from anyone — even the Pope. Especially the Pope.
3) But that raises the central question: are the allegations true? They are certainly credible, as they come from a reliable and knowledgeable source and are well-detailed and documented. They have been corroborated by at least one witness and aspects of the story have apparently been confirmed by Benedict. Many of the people implicated are known cowards and liars, so Vigano would seem to have the edge in a “he said/they said” debate. Vigano’s story also sounds reasonable and fits into the overall puzzle. These factors do not remove all doubt, but they do remove a significant portion of the doubt.
Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2018 @ 13:37
Some reactions to the Viganò Testimony.
First, Massimo “Beans” Faggioli on Twitter.
There are three popes accused by Vigano’s testimony. One is dead and a saint.
The one who took visible and public action against McCarrick in 2018 is pope Francis.
The rest is a story with many holes, gaps, unexplained delays, and remarkable silences by former nuncio Vigano.
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) August 26, 2018
Really, Beans. You can do better.
Viganò explained precisely the things you mention.
Few people have more skin in the game than homosexualist activist James Martin, SJ. Vigano wrote quite a bit about the “deviant” wing of the Jesuits, pointing out Martin in particular. If Vigano is right, then Martin’s cred is done. Martin attacked Vigano on Twitter, deleted, but others had it already and re-posted. Thanks, to Thom Peters!
— Thomas Peters (@AmericanPapist) August 26, 2018
A different perspective shows how those around Francis treated people in the conservative end of the spectrum:
Thinking about Fr Manelli, founder of the FFI, who abused no one. Guilty only of embracing Summorum Pontificum and a traditional spirituality. Placed under house arrest. Denied even a visit to his parents grave. Saw his life work dismantled. All the while Francis KNEW (McCarrick) pic.twitter.com/gTbPrfGYbC
— Gary Paul H ?? (@enternoon) August 26, 2018
In the Illustrated Catholic Dictionary, the FFI’s photo would be placed at the entry for “persecution”.
In Italy, I am told, the papers and sites are pretty hot. At La Stampa Andrea “Wormtongue” Tornielli writes (in Italian):
The document again offers, in detail, hearsay and information already circulated for at least the last two months in the antipapal and American and European traditionalist media galaxy, seeking to place all responsibility on the shoulders of the present Pope.
See what he did there?
The fact remains that everyone knew what McCarrick was, including Pope Francis, who had been informed. Pope Francis not only did not do anything about McCarrick, he rehabilitated him.
Il Messaggero, on the other hand, accepts the Testimony. In its story, we are reminded about the financial clout certain prelates, now being defended by Martin, Beans, Wormtongue and the rest, had in Rome. Oh, and there’s the “gay” angle.
A dossier (made known by various blogs and critical headlines about Pope Bergoglio) fell like a lightning bolt on the Pope’s trip to Ireland, … In this Testimony, signed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, ex-nuncio to the USA (who was in his time at the origin of Vatileaks during the reign of Benedict XVI, uncovering a corrupt financial system infiltrated by the gay lobby) there are very heavy testimonies about one of the most obscene cases of coverup of a system of pedophiles, that of Card. Theodore McCarrick, once Archbishop of Washington and munificent financier of the Holy See.
It goes on to mention Wuerl also as a “generous benefactor” for the Vatican. McCarrick founded the Papal Foundation in 1988. Big money.
Nichole of AP, dear Nichole can always be counted on, can be found in the McClatchy paper, the anti-Catholic Kansas City Star. Watch the language she uses.
The National Catholic Register and another conservative site, LifeSiteNews, published the letter attributed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on Sunday as the pope wrapped up a two-day visit to Ireland dominated by the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Viganò, 77, a conservative whose hard-line anti-gay views are well known, urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue and what he called the “conspiracy of silence” about McCarrick. He and the pope have long been on opposite ideological sides, with the pope more a pastor and Vigano more a cultural warrior.
The letter also contains a lengthy diatribe about homosexuals and liberals in the Catholic church. It often reads like an ideological manifesto, naming all of Francis’ known supporters in the U.S. hierarchy as being complicit in a cover-up of McCarrick’s misdeeds.
No, no! That’s fine principled reporting! Not an implicit position in it. Nope, objective to the end.
Then she winds up with the old smear stories. That’s the tactic now. Discredit Viganò by reminding people of the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis (who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates) and Archbp. Neinstedt, who resigned after not taking care of credible accusations made about priests, but whose TRUE crime was his strong opposition to legalization of same-sex marriage through a change to the Minnesota Constitution.
At the National Sodomotical Reporter (aka Fishwrap) there is nothing yet from Madame Wile E. Defarge (aka Michael Sean Winters) but there is a “news” piece. There is something telling in it:
NCR has chosen not to name prelates identified by Vigano in his report except in cases where the officials were known to be his or McCarrick’s direct superiors or predecessors, due to the inability to corroborate the former ambassador’s account.
No no… they’re not carrying any water for anyone. Nosirrrrrreeeee!
Madame Wile E. Lafarge has issued his reaction. It is predictable.
It is mainly character assassination and complaining about the focus Viganò gave to Lafarge’s own predilections. That’s surely what set him off. Given Madame’s inclinations, you can understand why he would speak so virulently of Viganò.
He also trotted out of a couple of his favorite words! “Putsch” and “vemon”.