Some six months ago in September 2018, I wrote an article entitled Top-Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover-Up, about the allegations made by retired Roman Catholic archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, against his pope, Francis I, in August 2018. Viganò, a former Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter alleging that Francis had known, at least five years before, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal named Theodore McCarrick, because he (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013; and yet Francis had done nothing about it.
McCarrick reportedly invited seminarians to his beach house, where he shared a bed with them. “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…” By the late 1990s all this was in fact an open secret among New Jersey’s Roman Catholics where McCarrick was archbishop, and was often discussed by priests and nuns.
Following a ruling in June 2018 on two of the allegations against him by a New York archdiocesan tribunal, which judged that the allegations were “credible”, McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. This step was described as “very shocking, very unusual, hasn’t happened in decades”.
Nevertheless, Francis himself had done nothing, even though the allegations against McCarrick had been known for so many years. And in light of this failure to act, Viganò actually took the astounding step of urging Francis to resign.
Viganò’s open letter 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. But it turns out that Viganò was right all along – and has now been vindicated.
Let us backtrack somewhat, to remind readers about his allegations, and then see what has now happened to vindicate him.