Watch Evening News weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Since drafting his first bombshell testimony one year ago today, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò has continued to keep the Catholic Church in cleaning mode with his timely interventions.
In his testimony dated Aug. 22, 2018, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, and released three days later, Viganò testified to the existence of a homosexual network which is strangling the Church and must be "eradicated."
"These homosexual networks," wrote Viganò, "which are now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, etc., act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church."
His testimony came out two months after the archdiocese of New York announced on June 20 that its review board found the allegations of sexual abuse against then-Cdl. Theodore McCarrick to be "credible and substantiated." Many Catholics began asking which prelates had turned a blind eye to McCarrick's history of abuse.
In his initial testimony, Viganò shook Catholics with the news that he himself had personally informed Pope Francis of McCarrick's nefarious history only to have the Pope brush it off.
"Holy Father, I don't know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him," responded Viganò. "He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance."
Viganò's claim of sanctions against McCarrick was corroborated most recently in May by the publication of a series of letters by McCarrick's former personal secretary, Msgr. Anthony J. Figueiredo. The monsignor said he made this correspondence public only after trying unsuccessfully to share it with the Holy See. In the past year, Viganò's various dire claims have been vindicated in many ways as the following list shows:
"[The] seal of secrecy is not binding when very grave harm can be avoided only by divulging the truth," writes Viganò. "Only the seal of confession could have justified my silence."
This second testimony came out after Pope Francis told reporters on his way back from Dublin in August that with regards to Viganò's testimony he would "not say a single word."
Analyzing this in his September testimony, Viganò remarked, "If he had said: 'Viganò lied,' he would have challenged my credibility while trying to affirm his own. In so doing he would have intensified the demand of the people of God and the world for the documentation needed to determine who has told the truth."
Fast-forwarding to May, Francis told a Mexican journalist that he "several times" stated he "did not know anything" about McCarrick's objectionable past and claimed he didn't "remember if he [Viganò] told him about it.
Of McCarrick I did not know anything, obviously, nothing, nothing. I said that several times, that I did not know, no idea. And when this person [Viganò] says he spoke to me that day, he came. ... And I do not remember if he told me about this, if it is true or not. No idea!
Viganò told LifeSiteNews on May 28, "He pretends not to remember what I told him about McCarrick, and he pretends that it wasn't him who asked me about McCarrick in the first place."
The archbishop further dissected the Pope's same denial on June 10 during an 8,000-word interview with The Washington Post.
The Pope proclaimed last year that he would "not say a word about my testimony," recalled Viganò. "Now he claims 'he has already replied many times' to my testimony," added the archbishop.
"So, either he spoke or he kept silent," remarked Viganò, "Which is it?"
"The pope and many prelates in the Curia are well aware of these allegations, but in neither case was an open and thorough investigation permitted," he remarked.
What we are now seeing is the triumph of a 60-year-old plan, the successful execution of a well-thought out plan to bring a new sort of thinking into the heart of the Church, a thinking rooted in elements of Liberation Theology containing strands of Marxism, little interested in traditional Catholic liturgy or morality or theology, but rather focused on "praxis" in the field of social justice. And now this plan has achieved one of its supreme goals, with a Jesuit on the See of Peter.