Viganò’s Trump Letter Shared
Title: Priests, parishes share Viganò’s letter to Trump
Author: Christopher White
Publisher: National Catholic Reporter
When Steven Rafferty’s wife, Kathy, noticed Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s recent letter to Donald Trump posted on the official Facebook page of their parish, she left a comment questioning the integrity of both the sender and recipient of the letter.
The letter was quickly deleted, but it was a breaking point for the Raffertys, who attend Immaculate Conception in Cottonwood, Arizona.
In that letter, sent June 6, Viganó, the former papal nuncio to the U.S, claimed that he and Trump were united in a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil.
For the Raffertys, seeing their parish share the writing of an Italian archbishop who had previously called for Pope Francis’ resignation, left them “disinclined to participate in a parish that promotes this kind of stuff,” Steven Rafferty told NCR.
“I’m usually pretty quiet,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve taken a stand. The Viganò thing is just unreal and out of control.”
Although Rafferty tries to stay informed about church news, many fellow parishioners rely on what they hear from the parish to shape their understanding of church life on both a local and global level, he said. Viganò “does not deserve our time,” Rafferty said. “He’s undermining church authority and the pope, and it disturbs me very much.”
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