Here is Vigano's third courageous testimony, a response to the open letter of Cardinal Ouellet. Please read it in its entirety, this good man needs our support:
On the Feast of the North American Martyrs
To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the Judge for his actions and omissions, one who fears Him who can cast body and soul into hell. A Judge who, even in his infinite mercy, will render to every person salvation or damnation according to what he has deserved. Anticipating the dreadful question from that Judge – “How could you, who had knowledge of the truth, keep silent in the midst of falsehood and depravity?” -- what answer could I give?
I testified fully aware that my testimony would bring alarm and dismay to many eminent persons: churchmen, fellow bishops, colleagues with whom I had worked and prayed. I knew many would feel wounded and betrayed. I expected that some would in their turn assail me and my motives. Most painful of all, I knew that many of the innocent faithful would be confused and disconcerted by the spectacle of a bishop’s charging colleagues and superiors with malfeasance, sexual sin, and grave neglect of duty. Yet I believe that my continued silence would put many souls at risk, and would certainly damn my own. Having reported multiple times to my superiors, and even to the Pope, the aberrant behavior of Theodore McCarrick, I could have publicly denounced the truths of which I was aware earlier. If I have some responsibility in this delay, I repent for that. This delay was due to the gravity of the decision I was going to take, and to the long travail of my conscience.
I have been accused of creating confusion and division in the Church through my testimony. To those who believe such confusion and division were negligible prior to August 2018, perhaps such a claim is plausible. Most impartial observers, however, will have been aware of a longstanding excess of both, as is inevitable when the successor of Peter is negligent in exercising his principal mission, which is to confirm the brothers in the faith and in sound moral doctrine. When he then exacerbates the crisis by contradictory or perplexing statements about these doctrines, the confusion is worsened.
Therefore I spoke. For it is the conspiracy of silence that has wrought and continues to wreak great harm in the Church -- harm to so many innocent souls, to young priestly vocations, to the faithful at large. With regard to my decision, which I have taken in conscience before God, I willingly accept every fraternal correction, advice, recommendation, and invitation to progress in my life of faith and love for Christ, the Church and the Pope.
Let me restate the key points of my testimony.
I invoked God as my witness to the truth of my claims, and none has been shown false. Cardinal Ouellet has written to rebuke me for my temerity in breaking silence and leveling such grave accusations against my brothers and superiors, but in truth his remonstrance confirms me in my decision and, even more, serves to vindicate my claims, severally and as a whole.
What does Cardinal Ouellet dispute?
In brief, Cardinal Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made.
There is one point on which I must absolutely refute what Cardinal Ouellet wrote. The Cardinal states that the Holy See was only aware of “rumors,” which were not enough to justify disciplinary measures against McCarrick. I affirm to the contrary that the Holy See was aware of a variety of concrete facts, and is in possession of documentary proof, and that the responsible persons nevertheless chose not to intervene or were prevented from doing so. Compensation by the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen to the victims of McCarrick’s sexual abuse, the letters of Fr. Ramsey, of the nuncios Montalvo in 2000 and Sambi in 2006, of Dr. Sipe in 2008, my two notes to the superiors of the Secretariat of State who described in detail the concrete allegations against McCarrick; are all these just rumors? They are official correspondence, not gossip from the sacristy. The crimes reported were very serious, including those of attempting to give sacramental absolution to accomplices in perverse acts, with subsequent sacrilegious celebration of Mass. These documents specify the identity of the perpetrators and their protectors, and the chronological sequence of the facts. They are kept in the appropriate archives; no extraordinary investigation is needed to recover them.
In the public remonstrances directed at me I have noted two omissions, two dramatic silences. The first silence regards the plight of the victims. The second regards the underlying reason why there are so many victims, namely, the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy. As to the first, 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 not a matter of settling scores or sulking over the vicissitudes of ecclesiastical careers. It is not a matter of politics. It is not a matter of how church historians may evaluate this or that papacy. This is about souls. Many souls have been and are even now imperiled of their eternal salvation.
As to the second silence, this very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. 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 hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it.
Unquestionably there exist philandering clergy, and unquestionably they too damage their own souls, the souls of those whom they corrupt, and the Church at large. But these violations of priestly celibacy are usually confined to the individuals immediately involved. Philandering clergy usually do not recruit other philanderers, nor work to promote them, nor cover-up their misdeeds -- whereas the evidence for homosexual collusion, with its deep roots that are so difficult to eradicate, is overwhelming.
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.
Denouncing homosexual corruption and the moral cowardice that allows it to flourish does not meet with congratulation in our times, not even in the highest spheres of the Church. I am not surprised that in calling attention to these plagues I am charged with disloyalty to the Holy Father and with fomenting an open and scandalous rebellion. Yet rebellion would entail urging others to topple the papacy. I am urging no such thing. I pray every day for Pope Francis -- more than I have ever done for the other popes. I am asking, indeed earnestly begging, the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as successor of Peter. He took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ, in the spiritual combat, along the way of the cross. Let him 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).
In closing, I wish to repeat my appeal to my brother bishops and priests who know that my statements are true and who can so testify, or who have access to documents that can put the matter beyond doubt. You too are faced with a choice. You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption. You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning. You can console yourselves with the falsehood and the delusion that it will be easier to tell the truth tomorrow, and then the following day, and so on.
On the other hand, you can choose to speak. You can trust Him who told us, “the truth will set you free.” I do not say it will be easy to decide between silence and speaking. I urge you to consider which choice-- on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge -- you will not regret having made.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Arcivescovo tit. di Ulpiana
19 Ottobre 2018
Feast of the North American Martyrs
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The Twitterverse went nuts again over the recent meeting of Pope Francis and Michael Moore. The director, who's thrown some serious shade on the Church and even on Pope Francis in the past, seemed to fangirl just fine in St. Peter's Square that day:
Reactions ranged from the devastated...
...to the "so done"...
Meanwhile Cardinal Burke stands in line behind Michael Moore, waiting for an audience and a long overdue papal reply to his famous Dubia. God help us all!
They say that when something goes shockingly wrong in the public life of a famous person, well-meaning people oftentimes find it difficult to accept that there isn't more to the story than meets the eye. This is particularly so in an era when folks are used to being lied to by powerful forces in government and media.
So, for example, when President Kennedy was assassinated, the nation was so understandably shocked that it was not uncommon for otherwise sane people to accept the most insane conspiracy theories about what really happened to him. Anything other than the less-than-satisfying narrative that it was just some lone nut with a bolt action rifle. For many, there simply had to be a bigger, grander conspiracy behind it all. Kennedy must have died for a greater reason than that!
Now I have no intention of speculating as to who might have been on the grassy knoll that day in Dallas back in 1963. Obviously, there might well have been more to that story, and we may never know the whole truth of it. I only mention this because, in the wake of the supremely ridiculous canonization of Pope Paul VI (one of the biggest papal nothing burgers in history, by the way), there has been a resurgence of another old theory from that era, this time for what must really have happened to the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. This theory has it that it wasn't the pope that destroyed the Mass and wreaked havoc on the Church at the time, but rather an imposter merely pretending to be pope.
No pope, so goes the theory, who was handed picked by the Holy Ghost Himself (as Sister Mary Chocolate had solemnly assured us all back in the third grade), could possibly have done such terrible things. It must have been a Masonic plot that somehow managed to substitute a fake for arguably the most famous man in the world at that time: Pope Paul VI.
No mean feat, but nevertheless that must be what happened. After all, just look at the ears of the young Paul VI versus the ears of the pope in the late 1970s. Look at that nose! Those eyebrows! Even the teeth are different.
Well, maybe. Certainly, stranger things have happened. But, at the end of the day, it's likely little more than a case of wishful thinking-- i.e., good folks wanting to believe almost anything other than the fact that God had allowed a terrible man to ascend to the throne of St. Peter. Far more likely than any Prince and the Pauper theory is that the face of an aged and guilt-ridden revolutionary simply reflected the years and turmoil of a truly disastrous pontificate.
Years are hard on the human body...any human body, but especially those in high public places. And if the older Pope Paul VI was, in fact, an imposter--which allegedly can be demonstrated by examining photos of his ears, nose and teeth--well, so too were a lot of other famous old people.
A few cases in point: See if you can guess the identity of these famous people:
This last one is purported to be Mother Teresa of Calcutta, believe it or not.
And yet here she is toward the end of her life:
What happened to those long and tapered eyebrows, the narrow nose, the birthmark on the upper lip? An imposter? Hardly. She just got old, as did famed film director Alfred Hitchcock (second photo above) pictured here many years later:
And the great American actor (and deathbed convert to the Catholic Faith) John Wayne, barely recognizable as the same man (see first photo above) here in his later years, complete with the larger ears and all:
Again, age and stress are hard on us all. In fact, all things considered, I'd say old Papa Montini aged fairly well:
So, can we be done with this now? There was no papal imposter. Montini, the galloping modernist archbishop of Milan was the same Pope Paul VI who all but destroyed the Roman Rite and is now a canonized saint of the Church of Vatican II.
I too wish there were more to this story...some better explanation. But fact is often stranger than fiction, and the more serious conspiracy theory in this case is all the more devastating in that it's not a theory at all. They really did manage to put a modernist revolutionary on the throne of St. Peter who very nearly destroyed the human element of the Catholic Church and whose frightful legacy is to this day imperiling souls all over the world.
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After weeks of doing nothing to address what John Allen calls the most serious crisis in the Catholic Church since the Protestant Revolt, Pope Francis took a few moments off from dinking around at the Synod and demonizing Archbishop Vigano to finally accept the resignation of Donald Cardinal Wuerl--the embattled Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C..
The Cardinal passed the retirement age already two years ago, but it took the unprecedented sex scandal for Francis to finally get around to accepting his resignation, if reluctantly.
The Holy Father used the opportunity "not to praise Wuerl but to bury him,” positively gushing over the Wuerl's great service, even despite mounting evidence of improprieties including complicity in sexual abuse cover-ups in Pennsylvania, which Francis, incredibly, suggested was "justified". Indeed it must have been, since Francis will allow Wuerl to retain his Vatican offices and remain in the Archdiocese of Washington as caretaker until a successor can be appointed (which could take years).
If ever there was a sign from heaven that God is still in charge of His poor Church under siege, this is it.
In the past, Catholic monks and contemplative nuns were credited with having been a vital component of the success of the greatest missionary endeavors in history, of having kept the light of Faith and learning alive in periods of near total barbaric darkness, of having saved entire civilizations, not on the battlefields of the holy Christendom, but rather from behind the cloistered walls of Christendom.
Well, here we go again. The Catholic contemplative Soldiers and Brides of Christ are rising again, proving anew that cooperation with God’s grace will crush any and every antichrist that dares to raise its ugly head.
Here in our post-conciliar Dark Age--when the religious life has been under incessant attack for well over a half-century, even from within the Church herself -- the cloister walls are rising again and the daughters of St. Benedict are preparing to give God the last word.
The brides of Christ have survived the dark night...the Revolution is doomed.
How did these beautiful young women manage to hear the voice of God over the shrieks of hedonism, the satanic black noise, the sex-saturated culture? There's only one answer, obviously--with God nothing is impossible. For them, His voice silences the whole world.
By the way, The Remnant takes plenty of heat for insisting that men such as Bishop Robert Morlino must be regarded as vital allies to the cause of Tradition and Catholic restoration—even if they've not yet come all the way over to our camp.
Please God, may an inspirational story such as this serve to illustrate why we have every intention of continuing to support these men who, despite the post-conciliar Catholic ruins in which they find themselves, are nevertheless trying to lead their flocks out of the darkness of Modernism and into the light of Tradition.
By the way, Bishop Morlino has invited these traditional Benedictines to set up a house in his own diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. No surprise here. So stay tuned for more good news. God bless you, Your Excellency. And Mary keep you.
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