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. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano 10/19/18Archbishop Vigano has responded to Cardinal Ouellet's October 7 open letter [HERE] with a third testimony [HERE].
Vigano is still standing by his basic accusations against Pope Francis in regard to McCarrick, namely:
As with his first two testimonies, Vigano gives no corroborating documentary evidence to support these allegations.
- McCarrick was part of a network of bishops promoting homosexuality who, exploiting their favor with Pope Francis, manipulated episcopal appointments so as to protect themselves from justice and to strengthen the homosexual network in the hierarchy and in the Church at large.
- Pope Francis himself has either colluded in this corruption, or, knowing what he does, is gravely negligent in failing to oppose it and uproot it.
However, there are two very notable departures made by Vigano from his first testimony.
First, Vigano makes a major concession by admitting that there were no formal sanctions against McCarrick as he claimed in his first testimony.
Secondly, and of greatest importance, Vigano has ceased to call for the resignation of Pope Francis.