Pope Francis Silence Viganò
Title: Archbishop Viganò is aligning with Trump to stay in the spotlight. Pay him no attention.
Author: James T. Keane
Publisher: America Magazine
Tweet: “So honored by Archbishop Viganò’s incredible letter to me. I hope everyone, religious or not, reads it!”
A tweet like this from the president of the United States, especially a tweet widely reported on in newspapers and on social media platforms, may lead some readers to think that President Trump’s behavior and policies have been endorsed by the Catholic Church.
It’s not true.
In reality, Mr. Trump was responding to yet another public letter from a marginal figure, one who has made a growth industry over the last two years of writing increasingly paranoid and disturbing missives against Pope Francis, the Second Vatican Council and many other enemies real and illusory, including most recently against an imagined “deep church” that he told Mr. Trump parallels the purported “deep state” that the president has blamed for so many of his troubles. Archbishop Viganò’s anti-Francis texts are often released in the United States in seeming coordination with a set of sympathetic publications and amplified by media outlets even further out on the political and ecclesial fringe.
But who is Archbishop Carlo Viganò?
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