Friday, October 19, 2018

New Viganò Letter: "This is a crisis due to the scourge of has become a plague on the clergy."

Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganò and Pope Francis

From his current place in hiding, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has just released a third letter for today's Feast of the North American Martyrs. The letter was written partly in response to a recent open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouelett, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, highly critical of Viganò and his claims in two earlier letters.

In today's letter, Viganò writes:
Cardinal Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made.
That Ouellet explicitly or implicitly confirmed many of Viganò's original assertions was indeed noted by many at the time, but Viganò includes a useful summary.

Read the full text at LifeSite News here.

Viganò concludes the letter by strongly addressing the crisis of homosexuality in the current Church, which he believes to be the cause of the sex-abuse crisis as well as associated corruption. I'm not sure I have ever seen the subject presented with so much effectiveness or clarity, let alone one written by a leading prelate. And I wouldn't be surprised if this excerpt makes it into the works of future Catholic historians, just as we now read denunciations of the Borgia popes by contemporaries.

Ironically, Viganò's strong words also include some understatement, as when he writes: "Denouncing homosexual corruption and the moral cowardice that allows it to flourish does not meet with congratulation in our times, not even in the highest spheres of the Church."

Fr. Paul Kalchik, who dared to act against the gay gestapo in the Chicago archdiocese, was exiled from his parish under threat of commitment to a psychiatric institution. He is also now in hiding. 

And just yesterday, LifeSite News was temporarily banned from Twitter for a link it put up four years ago where it simply presented facts about the prevalence of STDs among homosexuals. Homosexual lobbyist and Francis supporter Fr. James S. Martin may have been responsible for this, as on Twitter a few days ago he had directed a veiled threat against two news sites supporting Catholic orthodoxy - LifeSite News and Church Militant.

Multiply by 10,000 the number of those who were not met with congratulation.

The current homosexual agenda, at least in this context, is not about doing what you want to do in your own bedroom or wedding chapel. It's about suppressing dissenting opinions and those who utter them by any means necessary.

It's also about using the Catholic Church as a brothel to diddle fellow prelates and rape boys.

From Viganò's letter, On the Feast of the North American Martyrs: 
In the public remonstrances directed at me I have noted two omissions, two dramatic silences. The first silence regards the plight of the victims. The second regards the underlying reason why there are so many victims, namely, the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy. As to the first, it is dismaying that, amid all the scandals and indignation, so little thought should be given to those damaged by the sexual predations of those commissioned as ministers of the gospel. This is not a matter of settling scores or sulking over the vicissitudes of ecclesiastical careers. It is not a matter of politics. It is not a matter of how church historians may evaluate this or that papacy. This is about souls. Many souls have been and are even now imperiled of their eternal salvation. 
As to the second silence, this very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons. It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality. It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it. 
Unquestionably there exist philandering clergy, and unquestionably they too damage their own souls, the souls of those whom they corrupt, and the Church at large. But these violations of priestly celibacy are usually confined to the individuals immediately involved. Philandering clergy usually do not recruit other philanderers, nor work to promote them, nor cover-up their misdeeds -- whereas the evidence for homosexual collusion, with its deep roots that are so difficult to eradicate, is overwhelming. 
It is well established that homosexual predators exploit clerical privilege to their advantage. But to claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry. It is to pretend that a means, an instrument, is in fact the main motive. 
Denouncing homosexual corruption and the moral cowardice that allows it to flourish does not meet with congratulation in our times, not even in the highest spheres of the Church. I am not surprised that in calling attention to these plagues I am charged with disloyalty to the Holy Father and with fomenting an open and scandalous rebellion. Yet rebellion would entail urging others to topple the papacy. I am urging no such thing. I pray every day for Pope Francis -- more than I have ever done for the other popes. I am asking, indeed earnestly begging, the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as successor of Peter. He took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ, in the spiritual combat, along the way of the cross. Let him admit his errors, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted let him confirm his brothers (Lk 22:32). 
In closing, I wish to repeat my appeal to my brother bishops and priests who know that my statements are true and who can so testify, or who have access to documents that can put the matter beyond doubt. You too are faced with a choice. You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption. You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning. You can console yourselves with the falsehood and the delusion that it will be easier to tell the truth tomorrow, and then the following day, and so on. 
On the other hand, you can choose to speak. You can trust Him who told us, “the truth will set you free.” I do not say it will be easy to decide between silence and speaking. I urge you to consider which choice-- on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge -- you will not regret having made.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Arcivescovo tit. di Ulpiana, Nunzio Apostolico
19 Ottobre 2018, Feast of the North American Martyrs


  1. Stunningly beautiful words, radiant with Truth and goodness.

    Chilling words for silent prelates who are averting their eyes hoping it will all simply go away. Listen up, men, you will give an accounting! The Truth will set you free.

    North American Martyrs, pray for the Church. St Peter Damian, pray for the Church. God Bless and keep all faithful Catholic bloggers who are in the trenches against evil in high places.

  2. With each letter he provides more proof that there is someone more than just an embattled cleric giving these admonitions.

  3. Yo, you stood up for mah peep Ann Barnhardt over at the increasingly worrisome one Peter five. Mad props, Mr. Spalding.