The Open Letter that Shook the Vatican
Readers will recall that in August 2018, the global Roman Catholic institution was shaken by the revelations and allegations of a retired archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, who wrote an open letter accusing the Jesuit pope, Francis I, of a cover-up of priestly sexual abuse scandals rocking the Vatican.
In two previous articles I provided an in-depth analysis of all these goings-on: the first, Top-Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover-Up, and the second, Vindicated: Vatican Insider who Accused Francis I of a Cover-Up. Both are available on the Bible Based Ministries website.
Viganò claimed that Francis knew of the sexual molestations of young seminarians by a former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, and yet did nothing about it. In his letter he also wrote of sodomite crimes by priests against children and young men, the Vatican’s conspiracy of silence to protect guilty priests and bishops, and corruption at the highest Vatican levels. He called for the homosexual networks within the Roman Catholic institution to be eradicated. He spoke against the Jesuits – the evil Order to which Francis himself belongs. And he called on Francis to resign.
In Hiding from Vatican Agents
There was an immediate and massive backlash against Viganò, from implicated prelates, pro-Francis prelates, and the Jesuits. Viganò went into hiding, and there was reason to believe that Vatican agents began a massive hunt for him. ChurchMilitant.com, the website of Roman Catholic journalist and ex-seminarian, Michael Voris, published a report at the time entitled: “The Hunt for Viganò: Vatican Spies Tracking Whistleblower.” It said:
“Vatican officials are on the hunt for Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.
“According to sources within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State for the Holy See – under the direction of Pietro Cardinal Parolin – has communicated an instruction to its internal and external security services to use its ‘intelligence resources’ to locate the physical whereabouts of Abp. Viganò.
“This request has been communicated not only in order to prevent more unpredictable damage to the image of Pope Francis and the Holy See on the world stage, but also to ‘prepare the terrain’ for the former apostolic nuncio-turned-whistleblower to be prosecuted for alleged multiple crimes against Vatican and Church law…
“News of the Vatican deploying its vast international resources to track down and prosecute Abp. Viganò are consistent with his assertions made to [veteran Italian Roman Catholic Vaticanist] Aldo Maria Valli on their final encounter: that Viganò had ‘purchased a plane ticket,’ that he was ‘traveling abroad,’ that he ‘could not tell [Valli] where,’ that Valli ‘should not try to find him,’ that ‘his old cellular number will no longer be functioning,’ and that they ‘saluted each other one last time.’
“Viganò, in saying goodbye to Valli, appears to have known exactly what the worst elements of the Vatican and its agents are capable of. Let us hope he has taken every necessary precaution from falling into the hands of those who would wish him ill.”