There is a phrase: Rumor volat… Rumor, hearsay, noise flies”. In this case, this may be just so much noise, but today during the Angelus in Rome “noise flew” in St. Peter’s Square.
I want to be careful with this. It is worth at least mentioning.
As you know, at the end the video of last week’s Wednesday General Audience, it sounded as if a small group might have been chanting “VI-GA-NÒ!” Some of you thought it was that, others thought it might have been “Italo!” for a bishop who was there. It is not unusual at all for people to chant oddities at audiences. In fact, it is odd if they don’t.
However, in the wake of that Audience, I was wondering if chanting “VI-GA-NÒ!” might become a thing. Hence, I watched the video of today’s Sunday Angelus address. There were a few instances of a lone voice shouting in the piazza. Please note that St. Peter’s Square is pretty big and the acoustics are not great. Also, the one shouting was not near a microphone, directional or other, which would pick up ambient sound for the broadcast.
There was one point, however, when it seemed to me that the voice, fairly high and probably female, could have been shouting “VIGANÒ!”, not like a crowd might, “VI-GA-NÒ!” but more like a call.
Just after the Angelus itself and as Francis starts the pray for the dead, Pro fidelibus defunctis, you hear this lone call raised and it gets his attention. He seems pensive as he continues. He looks out in the direction of the sound. Just as he starts the Apostolic Benediction, you hear the shout again. Francis imparts the blessing, but with a measure of hesitation in his body language. Keep in mind that he has done this only a zillion times.
If you go to other videos of the Angelus or Regina Caeli, as I did, you see that he zips right along. This time, he is seemingly distracted.
I do not want to read too much into this. We will soon enough have verification from someone who was in the piazza of what happened, yay or nay. Perhaps this post will shake some information loose. Meanwhile, the video is posted. You can decide.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Card. Cupich ordered that a statement from him should be read at all the parishes of the Archdiocese. He did an interview with the local NBC affiliate and he said some strange things that brought sky down on his head. He said that his true intent was distorted by their editing. NBC posted the whole thing and, frankly, it didn’t change a thing: he said some strange things. NBC is standing by what they did and Cupich now requires the priests of the Archdiocese to read his self-defense. The Sun-Times has a story, HERE.
Elsewhere, Card. Tobin, according to CNA, declined to investigate reports about disgraced non-Card. McCarrick.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin told a journalist Friday that he heard rumors shortly after his 2017 arrival in the Archdiocese of Newark about the sexual misconduct of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. He said he did not investigate those rumors because he found them unbelievable.
In a column published Aug. 31 in the North Jersey Record, journalist Mike Kelly reported that “Tobin told me that soon after arriving in Newark, he heard ‘rumors’ about McCarrick’s beach house. But he never bothered to check them out. He says he thought the story was too ‘incredulous’ to believe.”
“Shame on me that I didn’t ask sooner,” Tobin reportedly told Kelly.
First, someone has to explain that rumors can’t be incredulous. Rumors can be incredible. People are incredulous. That aside…
To be fair, Tobin was religious, a Redemptorist, and he spent some time in Rome. While it might have been quite common for diocesan men to have known what was going on, it is just possible that a religious might not have heard. It is possible that Tobin did not know about McCarrick before he arrived in Newark… although I remain incredulous.
On a another note, we know that one of Francis’ closest advisors, Fr. Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro, SJ, maintains a website dedicated to the homoerotic writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. What I didn’t know is that another very close confidant, Francis’ personal secretary was thought to be involved with child porn to the point where authorities seized his computer. However, this same priest was promoted to be Sub-Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops: Fabián Pedacchio Leániz. He has been around for quite a while.