It's little wonder Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò is in hiding for fear of his life.
In the run-up to the Amazon Synod, the former Vatican U.S. ambassador-turned-whistleblower is casting a long shadow over Rome, as his extensive accusations about the darkness within these walls continues to be proven true.
Just recently, the pope requested the indictment of Fr. Gabriele Martinelli, accused of sexually assaulting seminarians at the Pope Pius X Pre-Seminary, which trains the pope's altar boys.
The request came after years of inaction by Francis, prompted finally to act only after Viganò exposed the cover-up of the Martinelli case.
Another cover-up, more disturbing, involves the third-most powerful man in Rome: Bp. Edgar Peña Parra, appointed by the pontiff last fall to help lead the Vatican Secretariat of State.
In June, Viganò told The Washington Post that he's seen with his own eyes official Church documentation linking Parra to the deaths of two men in Venezuela in 1992.
The deaths from electrocution occurred on the island of San Carlos in Lake Maracaibo in northern Venezuela, and according to the Church documents Vigano read, he says, "[T]he two corpses were found naked, with evidence of macabre homosexual lewd encounters."
Moreover, Parra has a long history of accusations of homosexual predation, which Francis just ignored.
Among them, the seduction of two seminarians in September 1990 in Maracaibo — an account investigated and confirmed in writing by the seminary rector.
According to Viganò, the Vatican has in its possession a 25-page dossier detailing Parra's alleged crimes.
While Vatican officials have waved off Viganò's claims as simply attacks on the pope, they've never denied the existence of the allegations, nor have they addressed why Parra was promoted in spite of them.