In a letter published on September 27, 2018, but postdated September 29, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò repeated his accusations: he claims Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other members of the clergy being prosecuted for abusing minors did indeed enjoy the complicity of the highest ranks of the hierarchy to keep their misdeeds from being known.
“As a priest and bishop of the holy Church, spouse of Christ, I am called like every baptized person to bear witness to the truth… I intend to do so until the end of my days;” the letter’s dramatic tone is equal to the gravity of the accusations made by the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
In it, the prelate, who reproaches the Holy Father with his “deafness” to the previous accusations, repeats that Pope Francis and other high-ranking prelates were aware of the abuse being committed by the former archbishop of Washington.
Archbishop Viganò goes even further in his accusations, declaring that “the pope’s cover-up of McCarrick was clearly not an isolated mistake,” and even adding that the Holy Father “has defended homosexual clergy who committed serious sexual abuses against minors or adults,” as can be seen in “his halting of the investigation of sex abuse allegations against Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor” (former archbishop of Westminster in the United Kingdom, who died in 2017. Ed. Note).
In answer to the reproaches for revealing a certain number of facts covered by the pontifical secret, the former nuncio retorts 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.”
Archbishop Viganò goes on to appeal to the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the French-Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who was “the one who told me of Pope Benedict’s sanctions on McCarrick”, and whose work was undermined by “two homosexual ‘friends’” of Pope Francis in his dicastery who “passed recommendations for episcopal appointments directly to Pope Francis, bypassing the Cardinal.” The Italian prelate reminds Cardinal Ouellet that he has at his “complete disposal key documents.”
Archbishop Viganò takes Pope Francis directly to task: “Has Christ perhaps become invisible to his vicar?” he wonders, before concluding, “The Lord is in full control of the boat! May Christ, the Truth, always be the light on our way!”
The historian Roberto de Mattei recently claimed that Francis has asked canon lawyers to look into the sanctions that could be imposed upon the former nuncio. What lies in store for the man who has decided to speak out “opportune, importune, in season and out of season”?