Choose sides! Archbishop Vigano puts two cardinals on the spot

Ouellet and DiNardo.

One month after making his first damaging charges against Pope Francis, Archbishop Vigano has now ramped up the pressure on the Pontiff with a 2nd blast. Perhaps equally important, he is now also applying public pressure to other prelates, notably Cardinals Marc Ouellet and Daniel DiNardo.

Why DiNardo?

To Cardinal DiNardo, the president of the US bishops’ conference, the archbishop’s challenge is simple and straightforward. He wants the American prelates to announce to the world what insiders already know: that Pope Francis refused to authorize an apostolic visitation, thereby making it practically impossible to unearth all the facts surrounding the McCarrick scandal.

Sounds like clericalism!

Why Oullet?

To Cardinal Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Archbishop Vigano issues a different sort of challenge. He praises the Canadian cardinal for having “maintained his dignity” at the start of the current pontificate, but then says that Cardinal Ouellet “gave up” when he saw his work being undermined by members of the Vatican’s lavender mafia. So he is directly questioning Cardinal Ouellet’s integrity. But he offers the cardinal a simple means of proving his good faith:

[As head of the Bishops Congregation,] You have at your complete disposal key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the Curia for their cover-ups. Your Eminence, I urge you to bear witness to the truth.

It’s the “sort of moral pressure [that] may prove difficult for honest prelates to resist.”

And there’s no reason to doubt that Archbishop Vigano will continue turning up the heat.

All in all, informed analysis from:


Phil Lawler . . . a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

via Catholic Culture

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