++Vigano's latest will make you question the vitriol directed at him even more...





When you weigh up the debate surrounding former nuncio and abuse whistle-blower Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, you quickly recognise his submissions as deeply Catholic.

The retired nuncio has penned an open letter to the disgraced former Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, suggesting a public act of repentance would bring “healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church.”

Viganò asks McCarrick to publicly repent of his alleged “crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians,” saying “time is running out” and that his “eternal salvation is at stake.”

Writing to the former archbishop of Washington D.C. on Jan. 13, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Archbishop Viganò said “no matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters, and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you, is the fact that throughout these months you haven’t given any sign of repentance.”

Archbishop Viganò said he was “among those who are praying for your conversion, that you may repent and ask pardon of your victims and the Church,” and added that McCarrick “paradoxically” had this “gift” of repentance to bring healing to the Church.

The former nuncio, who revealed in his August testimony that he and his two predecessors had notified the Vatican of Archbishop McCarrick’s “gravely immoral behavior with seminarians and priests,” also said in his letter that “something else of great importance is also at stake.”

“You, paradoxically, have at your disposal an immense offer of great hope for you from the Lord Jesus; you are in a position to do great good for the Church,” Archbishop Viganò said.

He added that McCarrick, being in a position to publicly repent, was something “more important for the Church than all of the good things you did for her throughout your entire life” as it would “bring a significant measure of healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church.”

“Are you willing to offer her that gift?,” Archbishop Viganò wrote. “Christ died for us all when we were still sinners,” he said, citing Romans 5:8. “He only asks that we respond by repenting and doing the good that we are given to do.”

He implored McCarrick to make such an act of repentance “so as to make the Church rejoice and present yourself before the tribunal of Our Lord cleansed by His blood.”

“Please, do not make His sacrifice on the cross void for you,” he said. “Christ, Our Good Lord, continues to love you. Put your entire trust in His Sacred Heart. And pray to Mary, as I and many others are doing, asking her to intercede for the salvation of your soul.”

Archbishop Viganò closed with the Latin words: “Maria Mater Gratiae, Mater Misericordiae, Tu nos ab hoste protege et mortis hora suscipeʺ — Mary Mother of the Grace, Mother of Mercy, protect us from the enemy and welcome us in the hour of death.

McCarrick, 88, has been accused in recent months of sexually abusing at least two adolescent boys, and of engaging for decades in coercive sexual behavior toward priests and seminarians. The allegations were first made public in June 2018, when the Archdiocese of New York reported that it deemed credible an allegation that McCarrick sexually abused a teenage boy in the 1970s, while serving as a New York priest.

Here is the full text of the letter:



Letter to McCarrick



Dear Archbishop McCarrick,

As has been reported as a news by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the accusations against you for crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians are going to be examined and judged very soon with an administrative procedure.

No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you is the fact that throughout these months you haven’t given any sign of repentance. I am among those who are praying for your conversion, that you may repent and ask pardon of your victims and the Church.

Time is running out, but you can confess and repent of your sins, crimes and sacrileges, and do so publicly, since they have themselves become public. Your eternal salvation is at stake.

But something else of great importance is also at stake. You, paradoxically, have at your disposal an immense offer of great hope for you from the Lord Jesus; you are in a position to do great good for the Church. In fact, you are now in a position to do something that has become more important for the Church than all of the good things you did for her throughout your entire life. A public repentance on your part would bring a significant measure of healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church. Are you willing to offer her that gift? Christ died for us all when we were still sinners (Rom. 5: 8). He only asks that we respond by repenting and doing the good that we are given to do. The good that you are in a position to do now is to offer the Church your sincere and public repentance. Will you give the Church that gift?

I implore you, repent publicly of your sins, so as to make the Church rejoice and present yourself before the tribunal of Our Lord cleansed by His blood. Please, do not make His sacrifice on the cross void for you. Christ, Our Good Lord, continues to love you. Put your entire trust in His Sacred Heart. And pray to Mary, as I and many others are doing, asking her to intercede for the salvation of your soul.

“Maria Mater Gratiae, Mater Misericordiae, Tu nos ab hoste protege et mortis hora suscipeʺ. Mary Mother of the Grace, Mother of Mercy, protect us from the enemy and welcome us in the hour of death.

Your brother in Christ,

+ Carlo Maria Viganò



Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Baptism of the Lord

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

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