Yet another prelate has risen up to defend Archbishop Viganò—the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco. Good, holy priests and bishops remain, and this letter is another example of how faithful sons of the Church should react to the current climate of scandal and heartbreak:
The Archdiocese of San Francisco
Office of the Archbishop
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA
August 29, 2018
Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese,
Last Sunday witnessed what many are calling a “bombshell” in the Church: the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s “Testimony,” alleging corruption and coverup at all levels of the Church based on his long and extensive personal knowledge.
I came to know Archbishop Viganò well during the years he served as Apostolic Nuncio here in the United States. I can attest that he is a man who served his mission with selfless dedication, who fulfilled well the Petrine mission entrusted to him by the Holy Father to “strengthen his brothers in the faith,” and who would do so at great personal sacrifice and with absolutely no consideration given to furthering his “career” – all of which speaks to his integrity and sincere love of the Church. Moreover, while having no privileged information about the Archbishop McCarrick situation, from information I do have about a very few of the other statements Archbishop Viganò makes, I can confirm that they are true. His statements, therefore, must be taken seriously. To dismiss them lightly would continue a culture of denial and obfuscation. Of course, to validate his statements in detail a formal investigation will have to be conducted, one that is thorough and objective. I am therefore grateful to Cardinal DiNardo for recognizing the merit of finding answers that are “conclusive and based on evidence,” and I join my voice to that of other bishops in calling for such an investigation and for taking any corrective action that may be necessary in light of its findings.
Archbishops Viganò and Cordileone
I was named a bishop on July 5, 2002, three weeks after the USCCB meeting in Dallas that approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and still at the height of the drama of revelations of sex abuse of minors by clergy.
At that time, I was asked to conduct a prayer service at the conclusion of a conference on family life hosted by the diocese that attracted participants from around the world. I met there an Australian priest with whom I was acquainted during our years of study in Rome, and he congratulated me on my appointment. I replied, “Thank you, but this is not a good time to become a bishop.” I will never forget his response to me: “But it is a good time to be a great bishop.”
What he said to me then can be said to every Catholic at this time. The Church is in need of purification. Purification is always painful. My dear victims: you know this more than anyone; please know of our prayers and love for you, and that we continue to be here for you, to support you and help you to heal with the resources we have available.
I believe God is beginning this painful process of purification for us now, but for it to work, we must cooperate. God has always raised up great saints in similar times of turmoil in the Church. I call on all of us to rededicate ourselves to prayer, penance and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, so that God will bless us with this grace.
Please know of my gratitude to you all: to you our priests, who remain close by your people, lending them support and pastoral care in this time of crisis; to you our deacons, who assist priests in this responsibility and bring the Gospel to those for whom it would otherwise be inaccessible; to you our victims assistance coordinators and to all who support victims on the painful path toward healing; to the faculty and administration of St. Patrick’s Seminary for your hard work in providing deep and healthy formation for our future priests for the renewal of the Church in our corner of the Lord’s vineyard, and to our seminarians for your fervor and generosity in responding to the Lord’s call of priestly service; and last but not least, to you, our people, for your prayer, for your love and concern for the Church, which now moves you to demand change that is effective and decisive, and for your support of our priests.
May God grant us all the grace to be the agents of change and purification that He is calling us to be at this time.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Despite last January's witch hunt by blogger Simcha Fisher, in which she attempted to destroy the reputation of Christendom College and get its longtime president fired, not only has the college endured but it is now thriving as academic year 2018-19 begins:
From Christendom.edu: Over orientation weekend, Christendom welcomed its largest enrollment of 504 students to campus. College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell made the announcement on August 19 during his opening of the academic year address to the student body, challenging them to change the culture, and themselves, during this year.
“If you work hard, if you study hard, if you pray hard, do it with Him, do it in Him, and do it through Him,” said O’Donnell. “If you do that, you will not only be daring to be great, you will truly be great. If we do that, then we will have a great semester together.”
...The student body of 504 includes 168 new students, including transfers, readmitted students, and first-time freshmen. The college exceeded its enrollment goals for the year and grew 3% this year. Additionally, the number of male students attending grew to 49% of the freshman class this year. This year’s freshman class also holds the distinction and honor of having the highest-ever average SAT score: 1300.
...The college also welcomed new staff and faculty to campus over the summer.
REMNANT COMMENT: Anyone with the stomach to revisit Simcha's clickbait controversy can do so HERE. Let it suffice to say, however, that the influence of these insufferable neo-Catholic windbags is evidently a good bit more substantial in their minds than in reality. Sure, they have their little vanity sites and big fan clubs but, at the end of the day, funny cat videos have diehard fans too and, apparently, considerably more influence. Keep that day job, Simcha!
Way to go, Christendom College. Go Crusaders!
In yet another stunning example of the fact that merely offering the Traditional Latin Mass does not make Traditionalists out of neo-Catholics, Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, has joined the effort to "shoot the messenger" who's making credible accusations of sexual abuse and cover-ups against Catholic prelates.
Apparently “unqualified fidelity to the Church” means “blind cult attitude, and proud!” to Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University. Here's what he said yesterday:
Statement by President Jim Towey Regarding The Rift Within The Church
August 29, 2018
There is nothing new about the rift between Pope Francis and some conservative members of the Church hierarchy. The battle lines seemed to have formed five years ago shortly after the Pope ascended to the chair of Saint Peter. In 2013 in his first major publication, The Joy of the Gospel, the Pope described confreres who “ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style.” Recently he quoted these same words in a letter to the faithful, Rejoice and Be Glad, and described “false prophets who use religion for their own purposes, to promote their own psychological or intellectual theories. God infinitely transcends us; he is full of surprises.”
Yes, God is full of surprises. But the call for the Pope’s resignation by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’ is not one of them. Neither is the challenge to the Pope’s authority by Raymond Cardinal Burke, an American prelate who has consistently opposed the direction Pope Francis has led the Church on certain matters (and may still be smarting from the Holy Father’s decision to remove him from his prominent position as head of the Holy See’s highest ecclesiastical court). The release of the Archbishop’s manifesto seemed timed to inflict the maximum damage possible to the Pope’s credibility, and the choreographed chorus of support by others in league with them, was just as troubling.
Contrary to the popular narrative, most conservative Catholics are not following suit and embracing their defiance, and certainly not on our campus. Ave Maria University is rightly known for our unqualified fidelity to the Church. We do this not because we are conservative (we are) but because this is the requirement of discipleship. This explains why our students love Pope Francis and support him wholeheartedly. He is the successor to Peter and our spiritual father. He bears the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Conservative Catholics may legitimately disagree with Pope Francis’ take on everything from the environment and capitalism, to marriage and family. Such dissent is healthy for the Church when properly channeled and respectfully communicated. But when Church dissent becomes openly hostile and rebellious, and some members of the hierarchy assert their opinions as if they were elected pope instead of Francis, faithful Catholics like our students will rally to the Supreme Pontiff’s defense.
Pope Francis has admitted that he failed in his own response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and its cover-up. We forgive him. He wasn’t the only one to be charmed by now-disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Saints John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta also knew Cardinal McCarrick personally and were deceived by him, too.
At a time when the Church is roiled by scandal occasioned by so many within the hierarchy who failed us, personal attacks against the Vicar of Christ and calls for his resignation are wildly divisive and patently wrong. Those so-called conservative Catholics who now challenge the Holy Father’s legitimate authority and openly undermine his papacy, are betraying their own principles and hurting the Church they profess to love. They should stop now.
REMNANT COMMENT: Now, let me get this straight: A credible accusation of sexual abuse, predatory behavior and ecclesial cover-up, leveled by a former nuncio of the Holy See, is -- according to the president of this upstart university -- nothing more than a "personal attack" which is "wildly divisive" and "patently wrong”. One wonders how many more kids and seminarians will have to be sexually assaulted before President Towey takes this seriously.
This is a surprising statement coming from Ave Maria since, as everyone knows, many of these little Catholic schools are already under the gun for allegedly not doing enough to protect their students from sexual predators on campus. Up until this point, I had considered those charges unfounded. Now I’m not so sure, at least in the case of Ave Maria.
After all, Archbishop Vigano has put his entire career on the line and is now in hiding, fearful for his life--such was the urgency and seriousness of his attempt to expose a massive coverup for sexual predators. Now why would he do that if there isn't at the very least a strong possibility that his accusations are well founded and based on facts?
In any case, that the president of a tiny university in South Florida would take it upon himself to dismiss such credible charges of sexual abuse leveled, not by some anti-Catholic hack but by a Vatican nuncio -- taken seriously by everyone from EWTN to Fox News to even the New York Times-- is as arrogant as it is dangerous.
Pardon me, President Towey, but who exactly do you think you are! What about the victims? Is your university somehow up to the task of launching an investigation of Archbishop Vigano's charges to make absolutely certain he’s not, in fact, telling the truth? Has your investigation already taken place? What evidence can you provide to support your contention that Archbishop Vigano's efforts to protect victims of sexual abuse are "wild and wrong"?
If you have no evidence, then by what authority do you make such reckless dismissals of a highly-respected Archbishop’s accusations—accusations, by the way, which the Church's own statutes insist must be considered "credible", given the rank and reputation of the accuser.
And if you succeed in silencing this messenger, then what? We'll never know the truth. So if Francis is innocent, why not call for a full investigation of these charges in order to clear the Holy Father's name? Why are you so afraid of the truth? Why are you trying to cover this up in a classic case of shooting the messenger?
And another thing: After such a pompous display of virtue signaling and total disregard for truth, for the reputations of two princes of the Church and for the suffering of potential victims of sexual abuse, why would any parent consider putting his or her child in Ave Maria University?
In fact, until the President of Ave Maria retracts his statement and publicly apologizes to both Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Vigano, we who have supported Ave Maria enthusiastically in the past will cease to endorse AMU as one of the Catholic options for higher learning such as Christendom College, Franciscan University, Thomas Aquinas College, Wyoming Catholic, etc.
Ave Maria is out, and we call on the Newman Guide to remove this university from its list until it establishes a reputation for greater concern for the victims of sexual abuse.
Zero tolerance, President Towey. Remember? Either apologize or resign!
Since posting this article, I note that the Cardinal Newman Society on Twitter has done the right thing regarding Ave Maria University. Here is their tweet:
The following appeared this morning at GuildofBlessedTitus.com. We'd like to help spread the excellent idea:
Write to the Apostolic Nuncio
In the wake of the Theodore McCarrick scandal, the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the Testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, some may be interested in writing to the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, DC, to express their concern and request action. Addresses and suggested points to mention in your letter are provided below.
You may want to request some or all of these points:
- The removal of Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, DC, and his expulsion from the College of Cardinals;
- The removal of Blaise Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago, and his expulsion from the College of Cardinals;
- The removal of Joseph Tobin as Archbishop of Newark, and his expulsion from the College of Cardinals;
- The removal of Robert McElory as Bishop of San Diego;
- The release of the 300 page report prepared under Pope Benedict XVI detailing sodomite infiltration of the Vatican and the Church; and
- The resignation of Jorge Bergoglio.
Be sure to copy Donald Wuerl, Blaise Cupich, Joseph Tobin, and Robert McElroy. Their addresses are included below.
Finally, it is recommended that you inform the Nuncio that you will pray for him, the Pope, bishops, priests, and the Church, as well as the victims. You are encouraged to offer reparation to Almighty God, as well.
Most Reverend Christophe Pierre
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2030
Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104
Diocese of San Diego
P.O. Box 85728
San Diego, CA 92186-5728
Here is a partial list of seminaries visited by Cardinal McCarrick during the span of his 60 years as a cleric. This compilation was done by priests on the East Coast. It is by no means complete, but it’s a good start.
These seminaries are listed both for jurisdictional purposes for the State Attorney Generals who are investigating the sexual and financial crimes committed by McCarrick and others, and as a bellwether for victims who have not stepped forward yet.
SEMINARIES IN THE U.S.
Archdiocese of New York:
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary
St. Joseph Major Seminary
Douglaston Minor Seminary
Immaculate Conception Major Seminary- Huntington, Long Island
Immaculate Conception Major Seminary Seton Hall
College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
St. Andrew's Hall
Theological College D.C.
Mount St. Mary’s. Emmittsburg, Md.
Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa.
Seminaries outside the United States
Federal Crimes of extraterritorial exploitation of children:
18 U.S.C. § 2423(d): Travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct
18 U.S.C. § 2423(c): Engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places
18 U.S.C. § 2423(d): Ancillary Offenses
18 U.S.C. §§ 2251(c) and 2260(a): Production of Child Pornography outside the United States
18 U.S.C. § 1591: Sex Trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion
18 U.S.C. § 1596: Additional jurisdiction in certain trafficking offenses
*Catholic University of St. Thomas Puerto Rico during his tenure as President there.
*Major Catholic Seminary in Haiti in Port au Prince.
Please see McCarrick video
*All Religious Orders Major and Minor Seminaries within the Archdioceses of Newark, Washington, New York, San Juan and any affiliates throughout the World
Including Archdiocesan and Diocesan owned and operated Institutions.
*Rome Institutions and Seminaries including the:
*Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome.
*International affiliates including the Irish and English Colleges.
*The Angelicum in Rome
*All Religious Seminary Institutions in Rome and World wide affiliates locations.
*McCarrick’s Executive role as President of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association which afforded him access to any Catholic institutions and educational sites virtually anywhere in the world, especially to those most vulnerable in the third world.
*For 18 years, Cardinal McCarrick served as a member of Catholic Relief Service’s Board of Directors and Board of Trustees which allowed him to travel around the globe visiting Catholic institutions.
This list is by far not complete. I invite those with personal knowledge of McCarrick’s presence/attendance/visitations at additional seminaries, schools, or child institutions to please email me at
A final thought about the sexual grooming, sexual predation and harassment of seminarians by Theodore McCarrick.
Ponder for a moment the pain and grief of the Blessed Mother who knows everything about this brutal, evil and diabolical debasement of her beloved spiritual sons in the seminaries. Imagine her profound sorrow and anger at those prelates who preyed on young men who were in the process of dedicating their lives to Holy Mother Church.
These preying prelates, along with their coverup conspirators, made a mockery of Holy Orders.
Amid the chaos of scandal and #MeToo, collateral damage among good clerics runs high. News recently broke in Minnesota over what is believed to be one of the first cases of a priest being vindicated after fighting allegations of sexual misconduct:
A Duluth jury has awarded Father William Graham $13,500 in damages after he filed suit against an accuser, who claimed that he was abused by the priest nearly 40 years ago.
In its verdict delivered Thursday following a three-day trial, the jury said the accusation did cause Father Graham" interference with his employment" with the Diocese of Duluth and St. Michael's Parish.
With a split verdict, Father Graham's attorney says Thursday's ruling could be a first.
..."It appears to be one of the first cases where a priest has fought back, instead of simply turning the other cheek, and he's been vindicated," said Mic Puklich, Graham's attorney.
Father Graham filed the lawsuit against Terrance Davis Jr., referred to as Doe 446, in 2016, after his father, Davis Sr., accused Graham of sexual abuse in a letter to the diocese, in which he allegedly called Graham a "pedophile priest."
"I did not harm that man, Doe 446. I did not. We proved the impossible, and the jury believed us," said Fr. Graham.
...Additionally, Graham's lawsuit reports he passed a lie detector test.
Despite the obvious collapse of the great Novus Ordo façade, The Remnant is not interested in joining any anti-Catholic lynch mob where priests are concerned.
While it’s no secret that many post-conciliar seminaries have for decades been recruiting active homosexuals, this is not the case across the board. There are many decent priests in the Church today that are doing their best to serve and protect their flocks.
Faithful Catholics must keep them in mind, too. Pray for them and be willing to stand and defend those many priests who have resisted what Bishop Robert Morlino rightly calls the “homosexual subculture” in the Church.
As this Duluth case makes clear, not every accused priest is guilty as charged. In this case, the accused priest passed a lie detector test not once but three times. But scandal and dereliction of duty on the part of bishops and popes have left the conciliar Church so vulnerable to attack that it's become commonplace for a guilty-until-proven-innocent presumption to prevail (unless, of course, you happen to be Pope Francis, in which case the mainstream media are happy to presume the opposite). But for the most part, priests accused of abuse are presumed guilty, and then tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. An accusation is as good as a conviction.
This is not right, and it certainly lays the groundwork for the destruction of the Catholic priesthood as a whole. If you don't like your traditional priest because he offers the Old Latin Mass, for example, well just find someone to accuse him of sexual harrassment and he'll be gone before the incense clears. See how easy it is? The Catholic Church has never been more vulnerable to attack by those with an anti-Catholic animus.
Even inside the Church, priests are often extremely vulnerable. As tradition-minded priests have discovered all too often, mandatory psychological evaluation is often the price to be paid merely for wanting to learn to say the traditional Latin Mass, for example. In other words, it's open season on Catholic priests, and we cannot allow the good ones to be falsely accused by an anti-Catholic lynch mob that's tasted blood.
The situation is beyond crisis, quite obviously, and Modernist influences in the Church, in the "reformed" liturgy and in the formation of priests are certainly to blame. That said, there's also a Christophobic mob out there that is hellbent on using this crisis as an excuse to erect another guillotine and initiate another Christophobic reign of terror that will not discriminate between faithful and unfaithful priests.
Everyone—including accused priests—is deserving of due process under the law...and we Catholics must insist on it every time! Good priests must be defended. Good bishops, such as Morlino and Vigano, must be supported. And the bad bishops, cardinals and popes that dragged the alter Christus to this horrific cesspool must be called upon to repent and resign immediately.
Brace yourselves, here it comes. More passive aggressive reverse psychology from the Head of the Church leveled at good and holy Catholics.
He’d be so much happier if he just quit the Church and found a religion that suited his vapid sentimentality. Got any ideas, peeps? Some Buddhist/New Age hybrid, perhaps?
You can’t give what you don’t have, and this unfortunate Pope doesn’t have one lick of true Catholic teaching in his heart. The following blather is straight from his mouth. Extra points to those who can make sense of it:
Vatican City, Aug 22, 2018 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News):
“Why are the saints so able to touch the heart?” [Pope Francis] asked at the general audience Aug. 22. “Because in the saints we see what our heart deeply desires: authenticity, true relationships, radicalism.”
...Francis drew a comparison to the “doctors of the law” in the Bible, who spoke about God but did not do his will or did not have a relationship with him.
He said if Christians all strive to take God’s name upon themselves “without falsehood… the Church’s proclamation is heard more and is more credible.” If the Word of God is spoken in unity with Christ, then it will not be “praying like a parrot,” but “praying with the heart, loving the Lord.”
One of our columnists asked the following question: What exemplifies “praying like a parrot” more than the “active participation” required in the New Mass where one must parrot back line after line instead of praying?
Care to answer that, Holiness?
The world is outraged. Media vehicles, secular and Christian, are demanding justice, resignations, and further investigation. Even the glitzy World Family Meeting in Ireland (which began today), and all that hype over the Church’s Coming Out Synod in October, can’t protect Pope Francis from the flying excrement coming off the Pennsylvania fan. And what’s he do?
He throws the ball into our court, like a good, caring father... At least, I think he means us when he says, “People of God.”
Notably lacking in his windy Letter regarding the massive sex scandal is any kind of pledge to fix the problem or condemn the real causes. He’s the Pope, but apparently this clerical mess is a “communal” one, which will be resolved “communally”.
He also took the time to hurl a papal anathema at... clericalism, of all things... in his open letter to Catholics, which was supposed to be about apologizing for the sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania. But, mostly, I think Pope Francis was telling us that it takes a village:
Check out these fabulous vestments that were designed specifically for the Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland—that is, if all of its clerical coordinators don’t end up behind bars first in the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.
Check out those pastels!
And the, um… oh, isn't that a Star Trek thing in the middle?
Fr. Z has had about enough:
In front of the entire world – including Ireland, if anyone there still pays attention to the Church – let’s put our top shelf prelates in … what the hell color is that anyway?… breath mint green?”
And long-time Vatican reporter, Marco Tossati, thinks he smells a rat:
This is the symbol of the Japanese war god, Hachiman; and you can find it also in Okinawa's bare-handed martial arts.
Some readers have interpreted - and cannot be blamed - the three commas as three 6; the famous "666" of the Apocalypse.
At the presentation the Irish priest who explained said that "It is the whole notion of the journey in the divine, and also in eternal life".
I wonder why a Christian symbol was not good, since - it seems - it would be a Christian event. But maybe it's better not to ask too many questions.”
Take a good look. Even if the caftans and muumuus aren't made of polyester, they certainly should be!
And let's not forget that Father Jimmy Martin will also be there with bells on (maybe literally), probably sporting one of these colorful bad boys himself. The editor at America magazine is reportedly scheduled to speak about how parishes can develope better programs to welcome LGBTQRS Catholics and their parents into the "Catholic Christian community". Sounds enthralling!
Listen, any parents claiming to be Catholic, that would send their kids to this ecclesial gay pride parade in Ireland really need to take some time off, maybe get a little therapy or something. I'd sooner send my kids on a camping trip with Van Halen.
Beam me up, Scotty!