The Jesuits, unsurprisingly, rallied behind their favourite son, the Jesuit pope. Mere days after the Viganò allegations broke, a Jesuit priest named Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Jesuit publication, Civilta Cattolica, who is also a close advisor to Francis I, stated on his Facebook page: “The tragedy has become a farce. The accusations are by now a broken record…. The Vigano statement appears for what it is. Some very desperate interests (pseudo-Catholic American media are involved…) are already revealed…. Some shepherds are shown to be wolves…. Where there is man or woman there is always a shadow (I am referring here to those who raised up this mess against the Church, the Viganò thing, which is just evil…).”
The pro-Francis Jesuit magazine, America, although by no means siding with Viganò, said the pope should give some proper answer to his allegations: “Francis’ refusal to respond to the Viganò accusations… is an insufficient pastoral response for a church that is deeply wounded,” its editors wrote. But this response was because this Jesuit publication had to say something. If not, it would have appeared too supportive, which would not be to its own credit, or to the public image of the Jesuit Order. Jesuits always say what the people want to hear, even if the men of the Order believe something entirely different. Therefore, nothing should be read into this response about any possible division in the Jesuit ranks over Francis. It is an entirely Jesuitical response. “All things to all men.” This has always been the Jesuit motto.
Francis’ Own (Non)Reaction to Viganò’s Allegations
Without doubt the most significant reaction was from the pope of Rome himself. He told reporters: “Read [Viganò’s letter] attentively and make your own judgment. I will not say a word about this.” And, true to his word, he kept his mouth obstinately and tightly shut in the days that followed, as the scandal swirled all around him and his evil, lecherous henchmen.
Days later, in a homily he gave, Francis said, “the truth is humble, the truth is silent.” Many believed it was an oblique reference to, and justification for, his silence after the Viganò allegations. But… nothing more.
It is surely quite obvious that Francis believed the Viganò allegations were true. Only this could explain his silence!
Did Viganò Have Evidence?
What about Viganò producing actual evidence to support his claims? His enemies demanded this of him. But journalist Rod Dreher wrote correctly on this point: “From 1998 to 2009, Vigano was in charge of the Vatican office overseeing all the Vatican nunciatures (embassies) around the world. From 2011 to 2016, he ran the Washington nunciature. He claimed in his statement: ‘All the memos, letters and other documentation mentioned here are available at the Secretariat of State of the Holy See or at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C.’ I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the Vatican or the DC nunciature to release those documents. Still, keep in mind that Vigano was a senior Vatican diplomat who was in a position to have all this knowledge, and to see the documents. His extraordinary claims in the statement over the weekend ought to be investigated, but to say you won’t credit him until and unless he hands over documents is defense not from a position of strength, but from weakness. If he had been a low-level functionary, such a stance would be more plausible. But he was at the heart of the Vatican’s office that dealt with such matters.
“Besides, if these Vigano claims were false, it would have been very easy for Pope Francis to have denied them. Instead… he issued a weird statement claiming that he wouldn’t have a single word to say about it, and calling on reporters to read Vigano’s document and to exercise their ‘journalistic capacity to draw your own conclusions.’ Again: if the allegations are false, you say, ‘They’re false.’ But that’s not what the Pope said. At all. If the Pope thinks he can ignore Vigano as he has ignored the dubia cardinals, he is gravely mistaken.”
What the pro-sodomite, pro-Francis priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals would like to divert everyone’s attention from is what is most significant in all this; and we must not lose sight of it. As Roman Catholic journalist and editor, Robert Moynihan pointed out, Viganò, a high-ranking archbishop, a man close to three popes, “Is not simply denouncing one or two men… he is denouncing an entire culture of cover-ups and deceit in the Catholic Church. Vigano is denouncing the existence in the Church today of an influential, mutually supportive, self-protective network of Church prelates who, in alliance with groups outside of the Church, would like to revise perennial Church teaching about human sexuality…. What Vigano has been crying out with great passion is that children have been abused and that the men entrusted with the leadership in our time of Christ’s Church have allowed it, enabled it, turned a blind eye to it – including Francis…. And this present situation, which harms children and which makes a mockery of all of the fine words of Church leaders about their desire to protect children from abuse, cannot continue. Something must change. There must be true reform. This is what Vigano is saying, essentially. On this fundamental point, he is entirely, courageously, heroically right.”
In my previous article on this matter in September 2018 (much of which is reproduced above), I said that it remained to be seen what the final outcome of all these revelations would be. Well, now we know: