Letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: "I know whom I have believed"

LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANÒ: 'IN SO WHO HAVE BELIEVED "

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Born il Papa, nor any of the cardinals in Rome have denied the facts I have stated in my testimony. The said Who is silent consents it definitely applies in this case, because if they would deny my testimony, They do not have, and provide documents in support of their denial. As it is not possible to conclude that the reason they do not provide the documents because they know that the documents confirm my testimony?

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Carlo Maria Viganò
Titular Archbishop. of Ulpiana
Apostolic Nuncio

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I know whom I have believed – I know in Whom I have believed [II Tim. 1, 12]

At the beginning of my writing I would first like to thank and give glory to God the Father for each situation and evidence that has provided and that it will have for me throughout my life. As every baptized, as priest and bishop of the Holy Church, Bride of Christ, They are called to testify to the truth. For the gift of the Spirit who supports me with joy in the street who are called to follow, I intend to make it to the end of my days. Our only Lord also came to me the invitation: "Follow me!», and I intend to follow it with the help of his grace until the end of my days.

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"As long as I live, I sing unto the Lord,

while I have, I will sing praises to God.

To Him be liked my singing;

In Him is my joy ".

[Will. 103, 33-34]

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It's now been a month since I made my testimony, solely for the good of the Church, of what happened in the audience with Pope Francis 23 June 2013 and about certain issues that I was given to know the assignments that were entrusted to me in the Secretariat of State in Washington, with regard to those who were responsible for covering up the crimes committed by the former Archbishop of the Capital.

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The decision to disclose those facts was for me the most painful and severe that I ever made in my entire life. I took after long reflection and prayer, During months of deep suffering and distress, in a crescendo of continuing reports of horrific events, with thousands of innocent victims destroyed, of vocations and young priestly and religious lives disrupted. The silence of the shepherds that they could remedy, and prevent new victims, He became increasingly untenable, a devastating crime for the Church. Well aware of the enormous consequences that my testimony could have, because what was involved to reveal the successor of Peter, nevertheless I chose to speak to protect the church and declare with a clear conscience before God that my testimony is true. Christ died for the Church, and Peter, Servant of the servants of God, He is the first called to serve the bride of Christ.

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Certain, some of the facts I was going to reveal They were covered by secret Papal I promised to observe and I have faithfully observed since the beginning of my service to the Holy See. But the purpose of the secret, even the papal, It is to protect the Church from its enemies, no cover and become accomplices of crimes committed by some of its members. I had been witness, not by choice, the shocking facts, as it is written in the Catechism of the Catholic Church [by. 2491], the seal of secrecy is not binding when keeping the secret would cause serious harm can be avoided only by divulging the truth. Only the sacramental seal of secrecy would have justified my silence.

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Born il Papa, nor any of the cardinals in Rome have denied the facts I have stated in my testimony. The said Who is silent consents it definitely applies in this case, because if they would deny my testimony, They do not have, and provide documents in support of their denial. As it is not possible to conclude that the reason they do not provide the documents because they know that the documents confirm my testimony?

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The center of my testimony is that at least the 23 June 2013 the Pope has known me as perverse and evil was McCarrick in its intent and in its action, and instead of taking whatever steps against him any good shepherd would take, the Pope made McCarrick of one of its main government agents of the Church, for the United States, the Curia and even for China, as with great dismay and concern for the Church martyr we're seeing these days.

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Now, The Pope's answer to my testimony it was: "I will not say a word!"But then, contradicting himself, comparing his silence to that of Jesus of Nazareth before Pilate and compare me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, but never say my name. If he had said: "Viganò lied" had challenged my credibility and tried to credit his. In doing so, however, he would increase the demand by the people of God and the world of the documents necessary to determine which of them had told the truth. He instead put in place a thin slander against me, slander by himself so often condemned even with the severity of a murder. For more, he did so repeatedly, in the context of the holiest sacrament celebration, l'Eucharist, you do not run the risk of being challenged as before reporters. When he spoke to reporters, He asked them to practice their profession with maturity and to draw their own conclusions. But how can journalists discover the truth if those who are directly involved refuse to answer any question or to issue any document? The unwillingness of the Pope to answer my accusations and his deafness to the call of the faithful to be responsible is in no way compatible with its demand for transparency and to be builders of bridges and not walls.

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But there's more: having covered McCarrick does not seem to be certainly was an isolated error on the part of the Pope. Many other cases have recently been documented by the press, showing that Pope Francis defended homosexual priests who have committed serious sexual abuse against minors or adults. It included its role in the case of Father Julio Grassi in Buenos Aires Ed, WHO] I have reinstalled the Father Mauro Inzoli [Ed. WHO], after Pope Benedict had removed him from the priestly ministry - until it was put in prison, so at this point Pope Francis has reduced him to the lay state -, and for stopping the investigation for allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

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Meantime, a delegation of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, led by its President, Cardinal Di Nardo, He went to Rome to ask the Vatican investigation of McCarrick. Cardinal Di Nardo and other prelates are to say to the Church in America and around the world: the Pope has refused to carry out an investigation at the Vatican on McCarrick crimes and those responsible for them covered? The faithful have a right to know.

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I would like to make a special appeal to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, because with him as Nuncio I have always worked on the same wavelength and I always had great respect and affection for him. You remember when, now I finished my mission in Washington, He received me in the evening in his apartment in Rome for a long conversation. At the beginning of pontificate of Pope Francis he had maintained his dignity, as he demonstrated courage when he was Archbishop of Quebec. And then, instead, when his job as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops has virtually been compromised because the presentation for episcopal appointments by two "friends" homosexuals of his department went directly to the Pope, bypassing Cardinal, It sold. A long article on L'Osservatore Romano, which it has sided in favor of the more controversial aspects of 'love joy, He has represented his surrender.

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Eminence, before I left for Washington, She spoke to me of Pope Benedict sanctions against McCarrick. She has at its disposal the most important documents that incriminate McCarrick and many in the curia who have covered them. Eminence, I ask you strongly want to testify to the truth!

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In fine, I would encourage you, dear faithful, brothers and sisters in Christ: never discouraged! Make yours the act of faith and complete trust in Jesus Christ, our Savior, St. Paul in his Second Letter to Timothy, I know whom I have believed, I chose as my episcopal motto. This is a time of penance, conversion, of grace, to prepare the Church, bride of the Lamb, to be ready to win with Mary the battle against the infernal dragon.

I know whom I have believed [2 Tim. 1, 12]

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in Te, Jesus, my only Lord, I put all my trust. «That all things work together for good» [Rom. 8, 28].

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As a souvenir for my episcopal ordination, vested in me by St. John Paul II 26 April 1992, I had chosen a prayer card taken from a mosaic of St. Mark's Basilica, to Venice. It reproduces the miracle of the calming of the storm. I was struck by the fact that in Peter's boat, tossed about by water, the figure of Jesus is reproduced twice. Forward Jesus asleep, while Peter behind him trying to wake him: «Maestro, do we not care?». While the apostles, terrified, look at each in a different direction and do not realize how that Jesus is standing upright behind them, benedicente, well boat command. "He woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea: remain silent, calm […] Then he said to them,: why are you afraid? Have you no faith?» [MC. 4, 38-40].

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The scene is as timely as ever to portray the terrible storm that is going through right now the Church, but with a substantial difference: Peter's successor not only does not see the Lord in the stern that definitely has the full control of the boat, nor it intends to awaken Jesus sleeping in the bow.

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Is Christ become invisible to his vicar? He probably tried to improvise as a substitute for our only Master and Lord? The Lord is firmly in command of the boat!

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Christ, Truth, It can always be light in our path!

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29 September 2018

Feast of St. Michael, Archangel

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+ Carlo Maria Viganò

Titular Archbishop. of Ulpiana

Apostolic Nuncio

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The Roman Pontiff It might decide not to answer or disprove directly, It could have reasons to act in this sense; reasons which in this case would remain unquestionable. His Holiness, however, has a Secretary of State and his Third Chamber for staff in the diplomatic service, the Congregation for Bishops and the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Finally a Press Office of the Holy See. No shortage of official bodies might respond: «S.E. Mons. Carlo Maria Viganò mind and lying causes serious affront to reigning Pope and scandal to the People of God ". In this way, with a simple and short sentence, many bishops, Priests and devotees Christi Fideles embittered and saddened may finally be soothed.

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the Island of Patmos, 28 September 2018

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