Summit Wrap-Up

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  February 25, 2019   

Viganò: Homosexual network is the 'deeper problem'

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's testimony about the existence of a homosexual network in the Catholic Church was verified by Cdl. Reinhard Marx on the last day of the sex summit in Rome.

Last August, Viganò named this network three times in his testimony, calling it the "deeper problem" in the wake of Theodore McCarrick's scandal of homosexual predation. How McCarrick rose to power when so many knew of his crimes was the one issue on the minds of the general assembly of bishops in Baltimore last November. It was the one issue that Rome would not let them discuss.

On Saturday, Marx verified to all the bishops gathered at the summit that such a web of concealment existed in Germany for years and allowed the cover-up of predator priests.

Marx conceded the following:

  • Documents naming abusers were destroyed
  • Many files were never even created
  • Victims were silenced


In his initial testimony, Viganò said this web of concealment is the "deep problem" and must be eradicated: "These homosexual networks, 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."

In America, more than 80 bishops at their general meeting last November wanted similar questions answered regarding McCarrick's advancement. They even held a vote the last day of their meeting to ask Rome to share its documentation pertaining to the McCarrick scandal.

It failed by a margin of 137 to 83 with three abstentions. Individual votes weren't made known, but about 90 bishops have publicly called for an investigation, which is close to the number of those prelates favoring the resolution.

The goal of militant Catholics participating in the Silence Stops Now rally was to urge Church leaders in Baltimore to investigate those bishops who enabled McCarrick to continue his homosexual predation of seminarians and priests.
Church Militant broke the story that Pope Francis in September told a U.S. bishops' delegation led by Cdl. Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), that he is rejecting their following proposals:
  • A full investigation into how bishops allowed McCarrick to be promoted
  • Archbishop Carlo Viganò's claims of a homosexual network acting within the hierarchy
  • Opening of confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops
In October, however, the Vatican seemed to change course, announcing it would be conducting a "thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick." It's the documentation uncovered in this study that was the subject of Wednesday's vote. The final resolution was about the Vatican releasing this documentation and not simply its conclusions.
It reads:
Regarding the ongoing investigation of the Holy See into the case of Archbishop McCarrick, be it resolved that the bishops of the USCCB encourage the Holy See to release soon all documentation that can be released consistent with canon and civil law regarding the allegations of misconduct against Archbishop McCarrick.
That was the resolution that 137 bishops voted down the last day of their general assembly. It seems that bishops' public statements calling for an investigation into the allegations of McCarrick's homosexual abuse of vulnerable adults are an indication of how the vote went as the number of "yays" almost match the number of those publicly stating they were in favor of conducting such an investigation.
As the sex summit has drawn to a close, it seems that nothing will be done to out the homosexual network that continues to cover for the crimes of homosexual predators within the Church.

Watch the panel discuss what didn't happen at Rome's gathering in The Download—Summit Wrap-Up.

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