Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is saying the head of the Congregation for Bishops, Cdl. Marc Ouellet, is actually confirming his claims that Pope Francis lifted Pope Benedict XVI's restrictions against former Cdl. Theodore McCarrick.
Because of its abrasive tone, Ouellet's letter was viewed by many as a refutation of Viganò's allegations that Pope Francis knew of McCarrick's homosexual predation but elevated him anyway. The substance of Ouellet's rebuttal, however, was of little consequence. One point Ouellet makes is that Viganò misuses the word "sanctions" when talking about the restrictions on McCarrick lifted by Pope Francis. Viganò brushes aside this disagreement as inconsequential.
"They were not technically 'sanctions' but provisions, 'conditions and restrictions,'" concedes Viganò. "To quibble whether they were sanctions or provisions or something else is pure legalism. From a pastoral point of view they are exactly the same thing."
Since his first testimony published Aug. 22, Viganò has consistently asserted that it was his "conscience" that required him "to reveal facts" that he had "experienced personally." He starts off his third letter with this same motive.
"I am an old man," writes Viganò, "one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the Judge for his actions and omissions."
He then gives Ouellet and fellow prelates who participate in what he calls "the conspiracy of silence" some haunting spiritual advice.
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.
Watch the panel discuss how truth is breaking the conspiracy of silence in The Download—Viganò's Third Testimony.