Archbishop Viganò: Abuse summit doesn’t address homosexuality

Why does the Pope refuse to answer questions?

Archbishop Vigano:  “Doctrinal and moral corruption” of authorities in seminaries is responsible. (photo by Edward Pentin)

The following comes from a Feb. 15 story on LifeSiteNews.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò said he is “praying intensely” for the success of the abuse summit happening next week at the Vatican, but he fears that there is “no sign” that Pope Francis, along with organizers, is willing to “attend to the real causes” of the clerical abuse crisis. 

The Archbishop addressed the role homosexuality has played in the sexual abuse crisis and how it is not being addressed at all at the summit. 

“Why does the word ‘homosexuality’ never appear in recent official documents of the Holy See?” Viganò asked. 

“This is by no means to suggest that most of those with a homosexual inclination are abusers, but the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of abuse has been inflicted on post-pubescent boys by homosexual clerics,” he observed. 

The Archbishop indicated that Pope Francis’ problematic appointments and handling of the abuse crisis so far has made the pope lose credibility. 

“Why does Pope Francis keep and even call as his close collaborators people who are notorious homosexuals?” he asked. “Why has he refused to answer legitimate and sincere questions about these appointments?

In his first testimony, in which he said that Pope Francis knew about then-Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual predation on young priests and seminarians, Viganò alleged Vatican insiders Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien and Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino belonged to a “homosexual current.” 

Recently Pope Francis appointed the former housemate of the disgraced Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the papal camerlengo. In this role, Cardinal Farrell will administer the Vatican when Francis dies or resigns until his successor is elected.  

Viganò believes that “doctrinal and moral corruption” of authorities in the seminaries is responsible for the clerical sexual misconduct of recent decades. 

“It is evident to all that a primary cause of the present terrible crisis of sexual abuse committed by ordained clergy, including bishops, is the lack of proper spiritual formation of candidates to the priesthood,” he said. 

“That lack, in turn, is largely explained by the doctrinal and moral corruption of many seminary formators, corruption that increased exponentially beginning in the 1960s.”

The Archbishop himself entered a seminary in Rome in the 1960s.  He remembers that in Rome at this time, the seminaries lacked discipline.

“…some classmates confided to me that their spiritual directors had no objection to their presenting themselves for priestly ordination despite their unresolved and continual grave sins against chastity.”

The former Nuncio repeated Benedict XVI’s assertion that men who have deep-seated homosexual inclinations do not belong in seminaries. 

Comments

  1. Petrumpovsky says

    Federic Martel, a French sociologist and journalist, has found that many who serve in the highest echelons of the Vatican and the Church are homosexuals. What is Pope Francis to do when the “pool of employees” from which he can select is so small? Martell notes that often the prelates who speak out most vociferously against homosexuals are, in fact, frequently shame-filled and closeted homosexuals themselves.

    • Everyone who speaks out against sins is not committing them. If a cleric is doing homosexual acts, it could be said that he suffers from homosexual temptation. If he is not committing the acts and condemns them (such as post abortion women in Rachel’s Hope), then the cleric is faithful to Jesus. Martel identifies himself as homosexual. It is common in that world to try to label as many others as possible as the same to increase their number and to quell criticism. All of us need to speak out against all types of sin even though we might be labeled as a participant in the sin

  2. Deacon Craig Anderson says

    Until the Church acknowledges the tragic problem of homosexual priests and bishops, this crisis will not be resolved. God bless and protect the faithful bishops and priests and may God grant them courage. We are all called to chastity. May our lay faithful demand that their spiritual fathers act like fathers during these treacherous times. Lord, have mercy! Come, Holy Spirit! Our Mother, Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!

  3. And the basis for Martel’s assertions are?
    Guilt by association against Cardinal Farrell?

  4. Everyone knows, sadly— the Vatican clerical sex abuse summit will be a big disappointment! On Friday, Feb. 15th — Pope Francis finally laicized Theodore McCarrick– but this should have happened decades ago! We have needed good, responsible leadership in our Church, for a very long time! Church leaders, since the Council– have been determined to maintain their childish– and very dangerous!– ideas of so-called “religious freedom for all,” and “for all to follow their own conscience, and make their own decisions”– plus childish, cowardly “tolerance for all ideas, beliefs, and opinions!” Next, will we see Fr James Martin, S.J.–a Papal favorite– elevated to “Cardinal”– and elected as Pope??

    • Now that “Mr. McCarrick” has been laicized by the Pope– and will no longer be eligible for any financial support from the Church– where will he live?? Surely he also has a police file, as a registered sex offender– and will be watched, and prohibited from living in areas where he could harm any young men. And what about the requirement to lead a life of prayer and penance, for his sins– for the rest of his life? Any more punishments?? Do any of the clergy sex predators express sorrow for their sins, apologize to victims– and show a desire for prayer and penance??

      • Deacon Craig Anderson says

        I think it’s best to refer to McCarrick as “dismissed from the clerical state,” the canonical term. To call him “laicized” is insulting to the lay faithful. He was a very bad predator bishop who committed mortal sins and crimes and covered up the same and still has not publicly repented. He was promoted as a bishop. Then, when finally caught (again!) and exposed, to imply that he was made a lay person is not fair. He is simply a very bad bishop. As Saints Athanasius and John Chrysostom are said have asserted, “the floor of hell is paved with the skulls of rotten bishops.” Pray for his soul and, of course, don’t forget his victims.

      • I don;t think he is a registered sex offender. I think that only comes after a criminal conviction. And I’m not sure that he won’t continue to be housed in the friary he’s been living in.

    • No Frodo will save us from that. Let us hope also that Fr. James Martin will not himself fall off the edge of his bridge to Mordor.

  5. The Church is highly skilled at expending considerable resources to implement do nothing actions. There is no point in paying people to do nothing. Perhaps there is a soup kitchen in your area that could use some help.

  6. This is a start and long overdue. Next should be the other clerics, including bishops, archbishops and the College of Cardinals:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-laicizes-disgraced-ex-cardinal-theodore-mccarrick

  7. Petrumpovsky says

    Mike m: Martel spent several years interviewing Vatican officials and employees regarding homosexuality in the leadership of the Church. Perhaps Martel is to the Church what Michael Wolff was to President Trump.

  8. This is suspicious. Pope Francis said just recently that men with homosexual tendencies do not belong in the priesthood. Why is that not mentioned?

    • Yes– this is suspicious! And these Churchmen are probably going to be weak, and may not do very much, at their clergy sex abuse summit! They only like to occasionally mention what the Church teaches, in the books– and that’s all! After that, they just want to be socially “nice to everyone!” In the post-Vatican II era– the Popes and prelates have expressed their belief in “freedom of religion,” for all Catholics, lay and clergy– and for all to “make your own decisions–according to your individual conscience.” They say that in the past, “the Church was too mean,” to everyone– when they used to run things properly, and impose discipline!

      • No. I don’t know where you got your information.

        • Religious leaders can get away with a lot of things as long as the flock is ignorant. The enormity of the Church’s scandals is proof of that.

        • Anonymous– If you are interested in the subject–read lots and lots about it! And talk personally with your priests and bishops! You will see! One of the first things a parish priest might say, for example, is– “well, we have several teachers at the parish school, that are Catholic, and some are not. Some Catholic teachers go to Mass, but some do not. They believe in abortion, and feminism, and are always pushing me, about women, abortion, and feminism! But unfortunately, I have no say, since Vatican II, in hiring decisions– they are free to hire whom they please! People would call me a “bully!” I have to live with this!

          • The above reply is to “Anonymous” of Feb 18, at 1:20 pm

          • I don’t think anyone who teaches at our school believes in abortion. They might believe in feminism like women and men should be paid equally for equal work. I do not think there are any non-Catholic teachers at our school. We have had non-Catholic teachers but they are not allowed to teach the catechism to the kids. A Catholic teacher or the pastor has to do that.
            The teachers go to Mass, of course. Probably 4 times a week.. They might miss if one of their children was sick or something.
            Whatever is going on in your parish is not going on through the Church.

          • Another reply to Anonymous, of Feb. 18, at 1:20p.m. Perhaps your parish is doing a very good job! But that is not always the case! Read the news stories– you will see! Prior to the Council, the Church was very firm in government, for all the Catholic world, around the globe. No dissent was tolerated! After the Council, “individual freedoms” were allowed, and most all governing in the Catholic world, along with catechesis– ceased! Scandals and dissent then erupted everywhere! Read the news, see for yourself!

          • You are confusing the smoke of Satan with the Holy Church.

          • No, Anonymous. As many clerics have stated, including Pope St. John Paul II– the discipline of the Church today is now changed to be very lax— because before Vatican II, it is believed that the Church was too cruel and authoritarian.

          • Dropped my teeth when Pope Benedict XVI ended excommunications without the people repenting.

  9. Robert Lockwood says

    Pope Francis is not committed to “draining the swamp” so this meeting will be meaningless The destruction of the Catholic Church by the use of homesexual’s has been going on for a long time.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says

      Good God! For the first time in history – the first time – a cardinal has been laicized by a Pope. THIS Pope! Yet you say that Pope Francis is not committed to draining the swamp! What will it take for you to realize that he is serious?

  10. Anonymous– If you are interested in the subject–read lots and lots about it! And talk personally with your priests and bishops! You will see! One of the first things a parish priest might say, for example, is– “well, we have several teachers at the parish school, that are Catholic, and some are not. Some Catholic teachers go to Mass, but some do not. They believe in abortion, and feminism, and are always pushing me, about women, abortion, and feminism! But unfortunately, I have no say, since Vatican II, in hiring decisions– they are free to hire whom they please! People would call me a “bully!”

  11. Another reply to Anonymous, of Feb. 18, at 1:20p.m. Perhaps your parish is doing a very good job! But that is not always the case! Read the news stories– you will see! Prior to the Council, the Church was very firm in government, for all the Catholic world, around the globe. No dissent was tolerated! After the Council, “individual freedoms” were allowed, and most all governing in the Catholic world, along with catechesis– ceased! Scandals and dissent then erupted everywhere! Read the news, see for yourself!

  12. William Robert says

    Anonymous: your claim that all was great and wonderful prior to Vatican II is not supported by the facts. Read the John Jay reports and the report from the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and it is obvious there was considerable child sexual abuse by priests occurring in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

    • Sorry, Anonymous never said that “all was great and wonderful before Vatican II!!” Not true! Instead– the Church had strong discipline prior to the Council– but also was extremely authoritarian, which many did not like! Pope St. John Paul II also apologized publicly for this cruelty! But then– the Church became extremely permissive– big mistake!

  13. No, Anonymous. As many clerics have stated, including Pope St. John Paul II– the discipline of the Church today is now changed to be very lax— because before Vatican II, it is believed that the Church was too cruel and authoritarian.

  14. Sorry, Anonymous never said that “all was great and wonderful before Vatican II!!” Not true! Instead– the Church had strong discipline prior to the Council– but also was extremely authoritarian, which many did not like! Pope St. John Paul II also apologized publicly for this cruelty! But then– the Church became extremely permissive– big mistake!

  15. I think it is best, for the Church to daily utilize our Code of Canon Law, as she used to do, prior to the Council– and to set forth our Catechism, our Faith and Morals, and all requirements for clergy and laity— so that all know clearly, what is expected of them— plus, clearly spelled-out, what will happen, in cases of disobedience. The religious expectations for our Church should not be too strict nor too lax— governance should be good, and produce good fruits, for Christ’s Kingdom.

  16. Jesus means freedom!

    • Harold– Yes! Freedom from sin! “Come and follow Me— and you will have Eternal Life!” Isn’t that what He meant??

  17. Harold– Yes! Freedom from sin! “Come and follow Me— and you will have Eternal Life!” Isn’t that what He meant??

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