By Rev. Michael X., JCL •  •  September 7, 2018

Pope’s canon lawyers drafting sanctions

Vatican officials are on the hunt for Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.

According to sources within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State of the Holy See — under the direction of Pietro Cardinal Parolin — has communicated an instruction to its internal and external security services to use its “intelligence resources” to locate the physical whereabouts of Abp. Viganò. This request has been communicated not only in order to prevent more unpredictable damage to the image of Pope Francis and the Holy See on the world stage, but also to “prepare the terrain” for the former apostolic nuncio-turned-whistleblower to be prosecuted for alleged multiple crimes against Vatican and Church law.

The urgency with which the location of Abp. Viganò is being sought is all the more palpable since, according to canon 1507 of the Code of Canon Law and other procedural and penal norms of the Holy See and Vatican City State, Abp. Viganò cannot be prosecuted or even punished unless he first be given the opportunity to be officially notified in writing of the specific canonical and Vatican crimes he is alleged to have committed and be given the opportunity to defend himself against them.

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As first reported by the very well-informed Baron Roberto de Mattei (Corrispondenza Romana, September 5), criminal counts are said to be in the process of being researched and drafted in a libellus accusatorius (canonical criminal complaint) for Viganò having allegedly committed perjury for his having breached pontifical and other forms of state secrecy in violation of, among other norms, the Instruction Secreta continere on the Pontifical Secret issued on February 4, 1974 by John Cardinal Villot, Secretary of State of the Vatican.

The specific Norms of Secreta being researched for applicability and evidence in support of potential prosecution include:

  1. Art. I-4 for Abp. Viganò’s alleged divulgation of extrajudicial denunciations received by him during his service of the Holy See regarding crimes against faith and morals and the Sacrament of Penance, and the process and decision pertaining to the handling of these denunciations regarding Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and other clerics referenced by Viganò in his testimony and in the articles of journalists to whom the archbishop is alleged to have disseminated such classified information;
  2. Art. I-7 for his alleged dissemination of Vatican secrets gained by reason of office pertaining to appointments of bishops, specifically regarding the appointment of Cdl. Blase Cupich as archbishop of Chicago, Illinois;
  3. Art. I-9 for his alleged divulgation of the electronically encrypted order transmitted by the Secretariat of State to Abp. Viganò regarding the appointment of Bp. Robert McElroy to the see of San Diego, California;
  4. Art. I-10 for his breaching of “business or matters which are so grave in nature that they are placed under the Pontifical Secret by the Supreme Pontiff or a Cardinal of the relevant Dicastery.”

News of the Vatican deploying its vast international resources to track down and prosecute Abp. Viganò are consistent with his assertions made to Aldo Maria Valli on their final encounter: that Viganò had “purchased a plane ticket,” that he was “traveling abroad,” that he “could not tell [Valli] where,” that Valli “should not try to find him,” that “his old cellular number will no longer be functioning,” and that they “saluted each other one last time.”

Viganò, in saying goodbye to Valli, appears to have known exactly what the worst elements of the Vatican and its agents are capable of. Let us hope he has taken every necessary precaution from falling into the hands of those who would wish him ill.

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  1. Just days ago Mikey struck out with his hyperclaim Wuerl was dashing off to seek sanctuary in the Occupied City. WRONG!!!!
    While plausible, this latest claim could also prove to be incorrect.

  2. Dr. Roberto de Mattei is quoted in a Remnant article on the topic so it may be worth keeping an eye on it to see if Don Bergoglio actually orders the hit…

  3. Pope to Suspend Viganò?

    Written by Michael Matt | Editor – 9/5/18

    Chilling news just in from Roman Correspondent, Roberto de Mattei: Archbishop Viganò may be sanctioned for telling the truth:

    Pope Francis is examining this possibility – if it is true, as several sources confirm – that he has consulted Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero, and some other canon-lawyer, to study the possibility of canonical sanctions to inflict on the Archbishop, commencing with sospensione a divinis. If this news is confirmed it would be of extreme gravity, and somewhat surreal, seeing as the “expert” summoned to sanction Monsignor Viganò would be precisely Cardinal Coccopalmiero, who is being accused by the former-Nuncio of the United States, of being part of the “homosexual lobby” lording over the Vatican. It cannot be forgotten in any case, that the Cardinal’s Secretary, Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, is involved in a case of homosexual orgy, in which the position of his superior has still to be clarified.

    … But then, here is the contradiction: the laws of the Church are being invoked to strike, not immoral clergy, but the one who is denouncing the immorality of the clergy – Monsignor Carlo Maria Viganò, who in his Testimony did nothing other than follow the lines of the Church reformers, from St. Peter Damian to St. Bernardino of Siena, the great scourgers of sodomy.

    This man is really running the Church… into the ground, that is!

    The game is on, and Francis wants blood. As if being Pope is a literal get-out-of-jail-free card.

    If he strips Viganò of his priestly functions, surely he is ready to strip the rank of each bishop and cardinal who is prepared to testify to the credibility of Viganò’s claims.

    And if he does that, well he will indeed have outed himself as a dictator pope.

    On the other hand, the last time a Pope attempted to shoot the messenger like this, that messenger went on to initiate the most successful act of Catholic counterrevolution in modern times. If Francis wishes to make a martyr and a hero out of Archbishop Carlo Viganò similar to the situation involving the late, great Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, perhaps the Catholic reaction at this point should be: Go ahead, Holiness, make our day!


    Remember Fr. Kunz ? He reportedly had a dossier on homosexual priests and bishops at the time and was going to give it to the pope. And there also was a mysterious visit to the crime scene at the time by an unnamed bishop. When it was first reported there were reports of his genital parts being mutilated. Although this was quickly suppressed. This crime was never solved. Remember at the time you did not say things that connected to the sacred cow of ‘homosexuality’.

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