The Hard Questions Remain, but Who Will Ask Them?

The Hard Questions Remain, but Who Will Ask Them?
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis and Archbishop Viganò share one thing in common. Both are placing the responsibility for verifying the truth or the falsehood of what is being claimed on the public and the media.

A putsch. A conservative coup. A rabbit hole. An anti-gay witch-hunt. A hatred of Pope Francis and all that he has taught.

Those are just a few of the responses from the critics of Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s 11-page “testimony,” published Aug. 25, in which he accuses Pope Francis of complicity in the cover-up surrounding the disgraced cardinal and calls for the Pope’s resignation.

As virtually everyone in the Catholic world is now aware, Archbishop Viganò also made significant accusations against two former Vatican secretaries of state and a host of Vatican officials and other prelates, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. He also asserted that two of the most prominent appointments to the Church hierarchy in the U.S. under Pope Francis occurred through the direct influence of Cardinal McCarrick, those of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Illinois, and Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey.

The angry and at times hyperbolic responses from some quarters in the Church and media reflect both the levels of polarization among Catholics today and also the immense significance of the charges being made and the figure making them. Columnist Father Raymond de Souza wrote:

For any prelate, let alone a former apostolic nuncio, to call for the Pope’s resignation is certainly shocking. That a pope should resign is in itself an unhappy thing, as the abdication of Benedict XVI demonstrated. To call for his resignation indicates that the Church has entered treacherous waters. It harms Viganò’s case that he proposes a remedy of such severity in a document that is intemperate when it should be sober, and skirts defamation when it should be cautious in attributing motivations. Nevertheless, what Viganò offers cannot be dismissed.

For his part, the Holy Father was asked about the letter during his in-flight news conference back to Rome from Ireland, where he had taken part in the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis confirmed that he had read the letter, but he refused to respond to it directly, tellingthe reporters on the plane, “Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment. I will not say a single word on this.”

He did, however, encourage the journalists to draw their own conclusions, adding that he might at some future time speak to the matter.

Many Catholics were left dismayed by the Holy Father’s decision to refuse to comment on such an important claim that goes directly to the papal throne. Even the editors of Americamagazine expressed their own frustration, writing, “Francis’ refusal to respond to the Viganò accusations may be an attempt to stay above the fray rather than dignify a venomous ideological attack. Nonetheless, the Pope’s refusal is an insufficient pastoral response for a Church that is deeply wounded.”

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One comment on “The Hard Questions Remain, but Who Will Ask Them?

  1. Deflection continues apace, covering its NeoKathlyk peepers by ignoring a mountain of evidence as to the source of the corruption – an “official hierarchy” so hell-bent on Revolution that even sins the devils themselves cannot bear to witness are still insufficient to prevent NeoKathlyk papaloters from abetting their ascended masters while the whole world stands agape before this rotting spectacle.
    Bunson, like Towey (AMU), demonstrates just why NeoKathlyks are the rear guard for, and essential to, the Revolution.

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