Blog note: Finger-pointing, rebuttals, denials, power struggles, accusations, cover-ups, hide and seek, silence, vendettas, hierarchies, bureaucracy, allegations, corruption, contradictions, smoke screen, lies, deception, counter lies. Are these the true signs of “Christian” men acting in Christ-like behavior? The answer should be obvious. No. For those you who are of a certain age, you may recall the famous Abbott and Costello (comedians) comedic routine known as “Who is on First?” The routine was a classic word-smithed play of words describing a baseball game (popular sporting event here in the U.S.). It is hilarious (very funny) because the play on words shows how easy it is to get confused with what is happening and being described and who the players are. Although what is happening in the Catholic Church is NOT funny at all, all the bantering, posturing and accusations is a lot like the Abbott and Costello routine. I am not trying to downplay the seriousness of what is happening, I’m just trying to put into context of how easily the lies and deceptions and deflections can confuse the issue at hand. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords and Judge of Judges will sort out the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Only He can read men’s hearts and has record of their actions. End of note.
Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top
Philip Pullella AUGUST 30, 2018 / 6:22 AM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO. Reuters.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since conservative media published an 11-page statement in which he alleged the pope knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal and did nothing about it. Vigano has been communicating through Aldo Maria Valli, an Italian television journalist who Vigano consulted several times before releasing his statement last Sunday when the pope was in Ireland.
Italian media has reported he was upset because he was never made a cardinal by former Pope Benedict or because Francis blocked his further advancement in the Church. “I have never had feelings of vendetta and rancor in all these years,” he was quoted as telling Valli, who has been publishing statements from Vigano in his blog. “I spoke out because corruption has reached the top levels of Church hierarchy,” said Vigano, a former Vatican ambassador to Washington.
The Vatican had no comment on the new accusations by Vigano.
In his statement, Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and U.S. Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace. One of the people he attacks in the statement is Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone, who was secretary of state under former Pope Benedict. Italian media reports have said Vigano was upset because Bertone had blocked any possibility of him becoming a cardinal.
In his comments published on Valli’s blog, Vigano says he himself gave up the possibility of becoming a cardinal “for the good of the Church”. Vigano did not include any supporting documents in his remarkably blunt statement in which he said cover-ups in the Church were making it look like “a conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia”.
On his flight home from Ireland on Sunday, Francis told reporters he would “not say one word” about the accusations. “Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves,” he said. Francis’ supporters say the statement contains holes and contradictions and note that Vigano prepared it with help from two journalists who have been critical of Francis, citing this as evidence that it forms part of an ideological anti-Francis strategy. The journalists deny this.
Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Richard Balmforth
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