Viganò’s 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 he was absolutely correct. There is nothing new in it, for it has been going on for many centuries, But in recent decades the evidence that has poured in from all across the earth has been overwhelming, with multiplied thousands of priests being found guilty of the sexual abuse of both children and adults.
Viganò continued: “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.”
Viganò’s Allegations about McCarrick, His Pro-Homosexual Prelate-Buddies, and the Homosexual Networks within the Priesthood
In 2006 a priest named Gregory Littleton wrote an indictment memorandum against the cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, in which he recounted McCarrick’s sexual abuse of seminarians, and he sent this 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, and said that these matters “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. 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. It thus 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”.
With regards to homosexuality being rife in the priesthood, Viganò was merely stating what has been an open secret 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.
Viganò again referred to the homosexuality rife within the high ranks of the Vatican, writing: “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.”