Viganò’s Allegations about McCarrick, His Pro-Homosexual Prelate-Buddies, and the Homosexual Networks within the Priesthood
Theodore McCarrick allegedly committed the sexual abuse of seminarians when he was the Romish archbishop of Newark. Rumours and allegations of his behaviour had circulated for many years. In 2006 a priest, Gregory Littleton, wrote an indictment memorandum against McCarrick, in which he recounted the sexual abuse. He sent this memorandum to both civil and religious authorities, including police and lawyers. Viganò, as Delegate for Pontifical Representatives in 2006, had to write up a memo on Littleton’s documents. In doing so, he also wrote to his superiors at the time, the cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the substitute, Leonardo Sandri. In writing to them he said that the facts attributed to McCarrick by Littleton “were of such gravity and vileness as to provoke bewilderment, a sense of disgust, deep sorrow and bitterness in the reader, and that they constituted the crimes of seducing, requesting depraved acts of seminarians and priests, repeatedly and simultaneously with several people, derision of a young seminarian who tried to resist the Archbishop’s [McCarrick’s] seductions in the presence of two other priests, absolution of the accomplices in these depraved acts, sacrilegious celebration of the Eucharist with the same priests after committing such acts.”
Viganò proposed that an exemplary measure be taken against McCarrick. However, he said that his memo was kept by his superiors, and no decision was returned to him by them.
Then in 2008, Viganò delivered a new memo to the new substitute, Fernando Filoni, which included his previous memo of 2006. He stated that McCarrick should be removed from being a cardinal, and subjected to the sanctions found in the Vatican’s Code of Canon Law. But again, this memo was kept by his superiors, and nothing was done about McCarrick at the time.
Finally, however, Viganò learned that the pope, Benedict XVI, had imposed sanctions on McCarrick, sometime in 2009 or 2010. He had to leave the seminary where he was living, was forbidden to celebrate the mass in public, and forbidden to give lectures or to travel. Thus it took years for the Vatican to act against McCarrick at all. Viganò was convinced the delay was because of the cardinal, Tarcisio Bertone. Viganò wrote: “I believe it was due to the Pope’s first collaborator at the time, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who notoriously favoured promoting homosexuals into positions of responsibility”. Viganò specifically mentioned, by name, just such an archbishop promoted by Bertone.
Viganò thus stated what has in fact been an open secret, not just for years or decades but truly for centuries: that the priesthood of Rome is riddled with homosexuals. This is not at all surprising, given the fact that Rome forbids its priests from marrying, which encourages homosexuals to enter the priesthood, where they have plenty of opportunities to indulge in their unnatural lusts, in the seminaries and then later with fellow priests, or with men or boys they seduce via the confessional.
In his open letter, Viganò stated it was known that the cardinal, Angelo Sodano, who was the Vatican’s secretary of state until September 2006, tried to cover up another scandal involving a priest. He stated that McCarrick would have been protected by Sodano. McCarrick, despite the sanctions imposed on him, was a high flyer, frequently travelling to Rome and with many friends.
Viganò also stated in the open letter that the current Vatican secretary of state, the cardinal Pietro Parolin, was also complicit in covering up McCarrick’s sins. According to him McCarrick, far from being subject to the sanctions imposed by Benedict, was, under Francis, boasting openly of his travels and missions to various continents. When Viganò wrote to Parolin and asked if the sanctions Benedict had imposed on McCarrick were still valid, he received no reply.
Furthermore, Viganò named a number of other cardinals and archbishops who, he stated, knew the true facts regarding McCarrick. And again he referred to the homosexuality rife within the high ranks of the Vatican: “As far as the Roman Curia is concerned, for the moment I will stop here, even if the names of other prelates in the Vatican are well known, even some very close to Pope Francis, such as Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who belong to the homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality…. Cardinals Edwin Frederick O’Brien and Renato Raffaele Martino also belong to the same current, albeit with a different ideology. Others belonging to this current even reside at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.”
Another high-ranking prelate fingered by Viganò as having been well aware of Benedict’s measures against McCarrick, was McCarrick’s successor in the see of Washington, the cardinal Donald Wuerl. Viganò stated that he himself brought the subject up with Wuerl, and it was clear the latter was fully aware of it. Viganò in his letter accused Wuerl of being a liar for claiming that he knew nothing of McCarrick’s sexual abuses, or of Benedict’s measures against McCarrick. Viganò stated that Wuerl transgressed Benedict’s order, and even allowed McCarrick to reside at a seminary in Washington, D.C., thereby putting seminarians at risk.
He also named two others: a bishop named Paul Bootkoski and an archbishop named John Meyers, both in the U.S., who he claimed covered up McCarrick’s abuses in their dioceses, and compensated two of his victims.
Viganò wrote: “The seriousness of homosexual behaviour [in the “Church” of Rome] must be denounced. The homosexual networks present in the Church must be eradicated, as Janet Smith, Professor of Moral Theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, recently wrote. ‘The problem of clergy abuse,’ she wrote, ‘cannot be resolved simply by the resignation of some bishops, and even less so by bureaucratic directives. The deeper problem lies in homosexual networks within the clergy which must be eradicated.’”
To which Viganò added: “These homosexual networks, which are now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, etc., act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church.” Strong words, yet he was absolutely correct, except in thinking that these networks are only “now” widespread – they have always been there, for centuries. But now they are being exposed as never before. This is a very good thing, as it shows the world what the Roman Catholic priesthood is: a secretive society riddled with sexual predators, especially homosexual ones. Protestants have said the very same thing through the centuries, but have always been dismissed, criticised and mocked by Romanists as lying about their “holy” priests; but now in the providence of God the truth is being forced out even from the mouths of some of the highest-ranking men within the Vatican hierarchy.
It remains to be seen what the final outcome of all these revelations will be.