A Bombshell Allegation against the Roman Pope – from One of His Own
As the massive global scandal of thousands of Roman Catholic priests having sexually abused tens of thousands of children and adults continues to grow, a potential bombshell has been dropped by an archbishop against his pope, Francis I. On 25 August 2018, Carlo Maria Viganò, a retired 77-year-old archbishop who had been the Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, a man who has been described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter in which he alleged that Francis knew, five years ago already, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, because he himself (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013.
McCarrick reportedly invited seminarians to his beach house, and shared a bed with them. By the late 1990s the sordid truth had become an open secret among the Roman Catholics of New Jersey, where McCarrick was archbishop, and was regularly discussed by priests and nuns there.
Essentially, “McCarrick was using the Catholic seminary at Seton Hall as a harem. His boy-toys were given rapid promotions. Those not into [sodomy] were shunted aside. McCarrick’s power was such that even men not in his ‘circle’ were afraid to come forward. Sadly, this is not news. Nearly 20 years ago, a book titled Goodbye Good Men documented how some seminaries were gay clubs that screened out… and forced out… normal men.”
McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals – a step described as “very shocking, very unusual, hasn’t happened in decades” – following a ruling in June on two of the allegations against him by a New York archdiocesan tribunal, which judged that the allegations were “credible.”
There has not yet been any civil court trial or judgment on any of the accusations against him; and a man is innocent until proven guilty. Nevertheless, Viganò’s allegations must be taken very seriously. And yet what did Francis do after the allegations against McCarrick were made known? He did… absolutely nothing. He ignored the thick dossier against one of his cardinals.
In the light of this, Viganò in his open letter actually urged the Roman pope to resign! And not unexpectedly, the archbishop’s allegations threw the Vatican of Francis into a major crisis, with pro-Francis prelates scrambling wildly to contain the damage as the ripples spread out across the globe.
Viganò’s Open Letter: Crimes, a Conspiracy of Silence, and Corruption at the Highest Vatican Levels
In his open letter Viganò wrote: “Bishops and priests, abusing their authority, have committed horrendous crimes to the detriment of their faithful, minors, innocent victims, and young men eager to offer their lives to the Church [of Rome], or by their silence have not prevented that such crimes continue to be perpetrated.” In this of course he was 100% correct. It has always been true, through the centuries. There is nothing new in it. But in recent decades it has exploded in the world media. The evidence is overwhelming, from around the world: multiplied thousands of priests have been involved in the sexual abuse of children, and of adults.
Then he wrote: “we must have the courage to tear down the culture of secrecy and publicly confess the truths we have kept hidden. We must tear down the conspiracy of silence with which bishops and priests have protected themselves at the expense of their faithful, a conspiracy of silence… not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia.” There most certainly is a massive conspiracy of silence within the Vatican and all the structures of the worldwide Roman Catholic priesthood, to protect themselves from what has in fact gone on for centuries, and has always been a terrible consequence of the devilish doctrine of enforced celibacy for priests (1 Tim. 4:-1-3). 1 Cor. 7:2 says, “to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” There is absolutely nothing new in this conspiracy of silence within the priesthood of Rome; all that is new is that never before in history has it been brought to the light as it has now, in this age of mass media.
Viganò went on to state: “But now that the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy, my conscience dictates that I reveal those truths regarding the heart-breaking case of the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, which I came to know in the course of duties entrusted to me by St. John Paul II… and by Pope Benedict XVI, as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, from October 19, 2011 until the end of May 2016.” And this is precisely what he proceeded to do in his open letter. Let us therefore look at the allegations he made: