Last night, the former papal nuncio to the US released an 11 page letter containing breathtaking allegations that many high-ranking clergy, even including popes, knew about the abusive behavior of former Cardinal McCarrick.
If true, this is devastating, and it must be investigated.
But is it true? We don’t really know yet. There are some good Catholic journalists on the story. I recommend practicing the virtue of patience, as we wait for corroboration, if any, and for more facts to come out.
Meanwhile, here are my thoughts:
- Remember the Kim Davis thing? Vigano engineered that.
- There’s a clergy abuse survivors group who doesn’t buy it.
- I read the letter very quickly last night, and a few things struck me as poorly evidenced. But here’s the thing that I gradually noticed today: On page 6 of the letter, Vigano describes his first meeting with Francis:
When it was my turn, I just had time to say to him, “I am the Nuncio to the United States.” He immediately assailed me with a tone of reproach, using these words: “The Bishops in the United States must not be ideologized! They must be shepherds!” Of course I was not in a position to ask for explanations about the meaning of his words and the aggressive way in which he had upbraided me.
In this 11 page letter, there are 16 references to homosexuals, including: homosexual tendencies, promoting homosexuals, active homosexuals, the homosexual current, subverting the Catholic doctrine on homosexuality, homosexual abuse, homosexual behavior, homosexual networks (3 times).
Gee, what *could* be the reason that Francis said that to him??
Gracious God, we pray for your holy catholic church.
Fill it with your truth;
Keep it in your peace.
Where it is corrupt, reform it.
Where it is in error, correct it.
Where it is right, defend it.
Where it is in want, provide for it.
Where it is divided, reunite it;
for the sake of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.