Includes response to “Cardinal” Ouellet…
Viganò 3.0: The “Great Accuser” issues a Third Testimony
Ladies and gentlemen: He’s back!
Currently the biggest thorn in Francis’ side, “Archbishop” Carlo Maria Vigano has spoken out once again from his undisclosed location, at which he is hiding for fear of his life after having issued his First Testimony in late August. In it, the former Vatican nuncio to the U.S. accuses Francis of having known about “Cardinal” Theodore McCarrick‘s sodomitical lifestyle involving seminarians and clergy and yet rehabilitating him after Benedict XVI had placed restrictions on him for that very reason.
Vigano published a Second Testimony in September, to which Canadian “Cardinal” Marc Ouellet recently published a bold reply, upbraiding Vigano for what he had done and defending Francis. Meanwhile, one of Europe’s most well-known and mainstream leftist political magazines had come out forcefully against Francis, and a popular German Modernist theological journal had cited unnamed Vatican sources confirming that what Vigano says is “essentially true … but in reality things are even worse.”
Today, Oct. 19, Vigano returns to the controversy by publishing his Third Testimony, which includes (but is not limited to) a succinct rebuttal to Ouellet. As always, Vigano has released his text by means of three trusted media outlets to diffuse his message in three major languages:
The Third Testimony is nearly 5 pages long and provides a neatly succinct summary of accusations and responses so that it is easy for the reader to understand or call to mind what the original accusations are, what purported responses have been given to those accusations, and what the rebuttal is to those responses.
Here are some of the highlights of the new Vigano text:
- “…it is the conspiracy of silence that has wrought and continues to wreak great harm in the Church.”
- “Pope Francis himself has either colluded in this corruption, or, knowing what he does, is gravely negligent in failing to oppose it and uproot it.”
- “[Cardinal Ouellet’s] remonstrance confirms me in my decision and, even more, serves to vindicate my claims, severally and as a whole.”
- “In brief, Cardinal Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made.”
- “…the Holy See was aware of a variety of concrete facts, and is in possession of documentary proof, and … the responsible persons nevertheless chose not to intervene or were prevented from doing so.”
- “…it is dismaying that, amid all the scandals and indignation, so little thought should be given to those damaged by the sexual predations of those commissioned as ministers of the gospel. … This is about souls.”
- “This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons. It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality.”
- “It is well established that homosexual predators exploit clerical privilege to their advantage. But to claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry. It is to pretend that a means, an instrument, is in fact the main motive.”
What will particularly annoy Francis is the statement Vigano makes in the third-to-last paragraph of his new letter: “Let [Francis] admit his errors, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted let him confirm his brothers (Lk 22:32).”
Someone is going to hit the ceiling at the Casa Santa Marta!
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