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Viganò Reloaded: In new 4-Page Testimony, the “Great Accuser” Doubles Down
Just as we were preparing our post on the new bombshell report that some Vatican sources have confirmed the Vigano Testimony but with the added caveat that things are even worse than alleged, yet another major development broke in the case:
The former Vatican nuncio to the United States, “Abp.” Carlo Maria Viganò, has just released a new four-page letter in which he reasserts the truth of the accusations of his original Testimony, justifies his decision to go public, and responds to Francis’ attempts to ignore, dismiss, and defame him. This second Testimony, which is printed on official stationery bearing his episcopal coat-of-arms, is entitled Scio Cui Credidi, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim 1:12). Vigano submitted it for translation and publication to the same media outlets as before, where the text can be accessed:
Although the letter is dated Sep. 29, 2018, it was released on Sep. 27. It is worth reading in full because it contains lots of nuggets and puts Francis into an even greater quandary than before. Life Site has summarized the essential points as follows:
Given the symbolic date of September 29, the liturgical feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and bearing the Archbishop’s episcopal coat of arms and motto, Viganò:
- explains why he believes he had a duty to come forward despite his oath to keep the “pontifical secret,” adding that “the purpose of any secret, including the pontifical secret, is to protect the Church from her enemies, not to cover up and become complicit in crimes committed by some of her members”;
- restates with vigor his central charge that “since at least June 23, 2013, the Pope knew from me how perverse and evil McCarrick was in his intentions and actions, and instead of taking the measures that every good pastor would have taken, the pope made McCarrick one of his principal agents in governing the Church, in regard to the United States, the Curia, and even China, as we are seeing these days with great concern and anxiety for that martyr Church”;
- points to the Pope’s initial response that he would “not say a word” but then notes that he contradicts himself, in comparing “his silence to that of Jesus in Nazareth and before Pilate,” and Viganò to “the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name”;
- raises concern over revelations that Pope Francis played a role in covering up for or blocking investigations into other priests and prelates, including Fr. Julio Grassi, Fr. Mauro Inzoli, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor;
- and says it was Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who told him of Pope Benedict’s sanctions against McCarrick. Addressing the Cardinal, he writes: “You have at your complete disposal key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the curia for their cover-ups. Your Eminence, I urge you to bear witness to the truth…”
(Diane Montagna, “Viganò releases new ‘testimony’ responding to Pope’s silence on McCarrick cover-up”, Life Site, Sep. 27, 2018)
Other highlights of this new text include Vigano’s affirmation that “I declare with a clear conscience before God that my testimony is true” and his slamming of Francis’ silence as an admission of guilt: “How can one avoid concluding that the reason they do not provide the documentation is that they know it confirms my testimony?” the former nuncio asks. He challenges by name both “Cardinal” Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Marc Ouellet of Quebec to provide information they have, so it will be most interesting to see how they react. Even good ol’ Amoris Laetitia makes an appearance in the second Vigano Testimony!
Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the Austrian web site kath.net reports that Francis has canceled his daily homilies for the next few days. He probably needs some time to figure out what to say now since the passive-aggressive “Look at innocent Christ-like me being persecuted by the satanic Great Accuser” demagoguery won’t fly anymore.
As we’ve said in a recent podcast: Don’t be surprised if at some point we’re going to see a dead body dangling from a bridge over the Tiber. If Vigano’s charges are accurate and things are “even worse” as some sources in the Vatican have reportedly disclosed, then this is not out of the question, unfortunately. A lot is at stake, and Vigano has now shown that he isn’t going away. Moreover, he has already said he fears for his life.