Archbishop Viganò Promoting Schism?
Two years after his incendiary whistleblowing about Theodore McCarrick, where does Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò stand?
That original “testimony” was — as I characterized it in 2018 — “reckless” and “unfair” in the breadth of those it accused, its rather uneven appeal to facts, and its foolish call for the Holy Father to resign. Yet it did offer some specific claims about how the McCarrick allegations were handled under Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, and there was enough semblance of truth in what Archbishop Viganò wrote that it prompted the Vatican to commission a comprehensive review and report on McCarrick’s career.
That report, reportedly the size of a small book, is still infamously pending.
Archbishop Viganò’s most clear violation of his oaths of office — the breaking of the pontifical secret — appears a less grave offense today than two years ago. Last December, Pope Francis abolished the pontifical secret in sexual-abuse cases. The papal move did not exactly address the circumstances of Archbishop Viganò’s disclosures, but in retrospect, it alters how they are perceived.