The Irish, Italian, Eastern European and Hispanic Catholics of the USA have been shamed and humiliated once again with revelations in a Pennsylvania grand jury’s investigation into “hundreds” of child-molesting homosexual and straight Irish Catholic priests in the state. The priests, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Joshua Shapiro, engaged in perverse and heavy sadomasochistic sex with each other and the sons and daughters of their parishioners.
The revelations in the state grand jury’s report have started a war between the church’s gay and anti-gay political factions; and a particularly detailed and highly-critical 11-page “testimony” from anti-gay marriage Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. The Italian archbishop in his “take no prisoners” and very public testimony called for Pope Francis to resign because of his high tolerance for homosexual misconduct among priests, Bishops, Cardinals and Archbishops.
Vigano in his eye-opening “testimony” accused Pope Francis (birth name Jorge Mario Begoglio) of supporting the promotion of homosexual priests to high positions of responsibility; and then joining with others to hide their sexual and moral crimes against seminarians, priests, men, women, boys and girls.
The archbishop concentrated his accusations at the sexual immoralities of homosexual priests, particularly Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, almost to the exclusion of the straight ones who the Pennsylvania grand jury identified as being molesters of young girls. His only reference to the sex crimes of the straight priests referred to in the Pennsylvania report is to note that 80 percent of the offending priests are homosexual.
Vigano set up his attack on the Pope by explaining how he came to learn about McCarrick.
“My conscience dictates that I reveal those truths regarding the heart-breaking case of the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, which I came to know in the course of the duties entrusted to me by St. John Paul II, as Delegate for Pontifical Representations, from 1998 to 2009, and by Pope Benedict XVI, as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, from October 19, 2011 until end of May 2016.”
Vigano’s 11-page testimony revealed how he participated in an investigation of McCarrick while serving as the Catholic church’s USA ambassador. Vigano wrote that his investigation uncovered not only rumors but evidence from participants that the Irish Catholic priest was having sex with as many as five male seminarians and priests at a time in his beach house bed as far back as the year 2000 and before.
Vigano’s testimony includes a reference to ex-priest Gregory Littleton who once served the ethnically-diverse Charlotte, North Carolina diocese. Littleton entered the priesthood from New Jersey sometime in the 1990’s under McCarrick.
By 2004 Littleton had relocated to Charlotte and was now facing accusations in the New Jersey state he left that he’d molested children. In 2004 Littleton was denying the accusations of being a child molester. But he told Vigano how McCarrick had abused him.
Vigano wrote that charges were brought against McCarrick by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo (deceased) after learning about incidents involving Littleton and others. Vigano described Littleton as recounting “his tragic story of sexual abuse by the then-Archbishop of Newark and several other priests and seminarians.” Littleton was blaming McCarrick.
Vigano explained that Montalvo, who had his own concerns about homosexual priests, told him how Littleton was going public.
“The Nuncio (Montalvo) added that Littleton had already forwarded his Memorandum to about twenty people, including civil and ecclesiastical judicial authorities, police and lawyers, in June 2006, and that it was therefore very likely that the news would soon be made public. He therefore called for a prompt intervention by the Holy See (Pope Benedict).”
Vigano revealed that he “was not informed of any measure taken by the Holy See after charges were brought by Nuncio Montalvo at the end of 2000, when Cardinal Angelo Sodano was Secretary of State.”
According to Vigano, Pope Benedict didn’t act immediately against McCarrick in 2006 when Montalvo recommended sanctions against him. So did Petro Sambi who was serving as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. It wasn’t until 2009 or 2010, according to Vigano, that the Pope heeded their words and sanctioned McCarrick.
Vigano’s testimony shares that he didn’t think Pope Benedict was covering-up for McCarrick because he denounced church sexual corruption in the first few months of his pontificate. Vigano wrote that Pope Benedict had taken a firm stand against admitting young men with “deep” homosexual tendencies.
He shared his belief that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone covered for McCarrick by managing the information he shared with Pope Benedict. He accused Bertone of “notoriously” promoting homosexuals into positions of responsibility.
Vigano’s testimony shares that he tried twice to inform Pope Francis of his investigation of McCarrick before the Pennsylvania grand jury released its report. His chance to face Pope Francis directly came on June 23, 2013 in Rome during a concelebration mass.
Vigano wrote that he thought the two would meet later in the week after Francis issued a call for those who wanted to celebrate the Domus Sanctae Marthae mass a week later. Vigano wrote that he shared his hope of meeting later with the Pope’s homosexual Prelate for the Institute of Religion, Monsignor Battista Ricca.
At end of the mass on June 23 Vigano wrote in his testimony that Pope Francis was greeting the few lay people present when Monsignor Fabian Pedacchio, his Argentine secretary, approached and said:
I began the conversation, asking the Pope what he intended to say to me with the words he had addressed to me when I greeted him the previous Friday. And the Pope, in a very different, friendly, almost affectionate tone, said to me:Yes, the Bishops in the United States must not be ideologized, they must not be right-wing like the Archbishop of Philadelphia (the Pope did not give me the name of the Archbishop) they must be shepherds; and they must not be left-wing and he added, raising both arms and when I say left-wing I mean homosexual.”Of course, the logic of the correlation between being left-wing and being homosexual escaped me, but I added nothing else. Immediately after, the Pope asked me in a deceitful way: “What is Cardinal McCarrick like?
I answered him with complete frankness and, if you want, with great naiveté:“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. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”The Pope did not make the slightest comment about those very grave words of mine and did not show any expression of surprise on his face, as if he had already known the matter for some time, and he immediately changed the subject.
“I wrote to my superiors, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the Substitute Leonardo Sandri, that the facts attributed to McCarrick by Littleton were of such gravity and vileness as to provoke bewilderment, a sense of disgust, deep sorrow and bitterness in the reader, and that they constituted the crimes of seducing, requesting depraved acts of seminarians and priests, repeatedly and simultaneously with several people, derision of a young seminarian who tried to resist the Archbishop’s seductions in the presence of two other priests, absolution of the accomplices in these depraved acts, sacrilegious celebration of the Eucharist with the same priests after committing such acts. “
Vigano wrote about a “course of action” to address the crimes the Pennsylvania grand jury discovered among Catholic priests. His solution disregarded what he couldn’t possibly have known about federal “misprision” laws that make it a felony for any person who knows a felony is being committed to not report it to a civil authority.
Vigano’s proposal actually suggests that the church act to conceal McCarrick’s alleged felony level sexual crimes before civil authorities learn of them. Citizens native to the USA violate Chapter 18 Section 4 of the United States Code. It’s understood that a temporary Italian visitor wouldn’t think to examine it before suggesting that McCarrick’s crimes should not immediately be reported to the same civil authorities who prosecuted Dr. William H. Cosby for a 10-year-old questionable rape allegation. Vigano’s “proposal” for McCarrick was moral and nowhere near legal.
“I propose that an exemplary measure be taken against the Cardinal that could have a medicinal function, to prevent future abuses against innocent victims and alleviate the very serious scandal for the faithful, who despite everything continued to love and believe in the Church. I added that it would be salutary if, for once, ecclesiastical authority would intervene before the civil authorities and, if possible, before the scandal had broken out in the press. This could have restored some dignity to a Church so sorely tried and humiliated by so many abominable acts on the part of some pastors. If this were done, the civil authority would no longer have to judge a cardinal, but a pastor with whom the Church had already taken appropriate measures to prevent the cardinal from abusing his authority and continuing to destroy innocent victims.”
Pope Francis removed Archbishop Vigano from the nuncio position he held in the USA when Pope Benedict retired in 2013. The directness of his attack on Pope Francis suggests that there exists a very strong philosophical dispute between the two men when it comes to homosexuality among the church’s clergy and lay persons.
Vigano wrote that Pope Francis knew McCarrick was a serial predator. He straight out accused him of covering up for him to the bitter end; and adopting the homosexual Cardinal’s “left wing” views on the subject of homosexuality among priests. He wrote that Pope Francis had disrespected the victims.
Vigano appears to endorse the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation as an example of Pope Francis’ failed leadership on managing the church’s morality. His testimony appears to be an expression of the Archbishop’s belief that the church has gone inclusively too far the other way by giving homosexuals access to the church’s administrative areas of responsibility. Catholic priests appear to be no different than dirty police, bureaucrats and corporate officials when it comes to covering up their scandals. That belief was confirmed by Shapiro on “CBS this Morning.”
“There are specific examples where when the abuse occurred, the priests would go, the bishops would go and lie to parishioners, lie to law enforcement, lie to the public, but then document all of the abuse in
that they would share oftentimes with the Vatican. There are specific examples where the Vatican knew of this abuse and they were involved in the cover-up,” Shapiro said during his August 28, 2018 interview.
Vigano sees Shapiro’s Pennsylvania grand jury investigation as a reason for Pope Francis to resign and suggests that homosexual behavior in the Catholic should not be welcomed.
“Now in the United States a chorus of voices is rising especially from the lay faithful, and has recently been joined by several bishops and priests, asking that all those who, by their silence, covered up McCarrick’s criminal behavior, or who used him to advance their career or promote their intentions, ambitions and power in the Church, should resign. But this will not be enough to heal the situation of extremely grave immoral behavior by the clergy: bishops and priests. A time of conversion and penance must be proclaimed. The virtue of chastity must be recovered in the clergy and in seminaries. Corruption in the misuse of the Church’s resources and of the offerings of the faithful must be fought against. The seriousness of homosexual behavior must be denounced.”
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”