Friday, June 21, 2024

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The Vatican and the Case of Archbishop Viganò

In a recent turn of events, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, has been summoned to the Vatican to face charges of schism. This development follows a series of public statements by Archbishop Viganò that have been critical of Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council, leading to a significant amount of controversy within the Catholic Church.

The charge of schism is a serious one in the Catholic Church, referring to the act of willfully and persistently rejecting the authority of the Pope and the teachings of the Church. The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the doctrine on the faith and morals throughout the Catholic world, has initiated an extrajudicial penal process against Archbishop Viganò.

Archbishop Viganò has been a vocal critic of Pope Francis, accusing him of various misdeeds and calling into question his legitimacy as the Pontiff. In a statement, Archbishop Viganò has said, "I consider the accusations against me an honor," and has referred to the Second Vatican Council as an "ideological, theological, moral, and liturgical cancer," with the current Synodal Church being a "metastasis".

The Vatican has not publicly commented on the proceedings, but the situation has sparked discussions among the faithful and observers of the Vatican's internal affairs. The outcome of this trial could have significant implications for the Church, particularly in how it handles dissent and manages its doctrinal integrity.

This case is reminiscent of the trial of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre fifty years ago, who was also accused of schism for rejecting Vatican II. The parallels drawn by Archbishop Viganò between his case and that of Lefebvre highlight the ongoing debates within the Church regarding tradition, reform, and the authority of the Vatican Councils.

The specific charges against Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, as reported by various sources, revolve around the canonical crime of schism. The allegations suggest that Archbishop Viganò made public statements that claimed to deny the fundamental elements necessary to maintain communion with the Catholic Church. These statements reportedly include denying the legitimacy of Pope Francis as the rightful pontiff and outright rejection of the doctrines established during the Second Vatican Council.

The Vatican's Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is tasked with safeguarding the doctrine on faith and morals in the Catholic Church, has initiated an extrajudicial penal process against Archbishop Viganò. If convicted, the consequences could be severe, including excommunication and possibly being removed from the clerical state.

The case has attracted considerable attention, not only because of the high-profile nature of the accused but also due to the implications it may have for the Church's handling of dissent and the preservation of its doctrinal integrity. The trial of Archbishop Viganò is set to be a significant event in the contemporary history of the Catholic Church, as it grapples with issues of tradition, authority, and reform.

Vigano could face excommunication and even laicization if the Vatican court decides against him. Unfortunately, he left a lot of evidence out there on social media for a quick conviction.  He has only himself to blame. Other social media grifters such as Taylor Marshall, Father Z, One Peter Five, and Rorate Caeli have been trying to defend him but with this announcement have become desperate. Even Marshall found it hard to find viewership during his YouTube broadcast and found many are not defending Vigano.  These people are just defending the defensible. We first agreed with Vigano early on. He spoke on things that were truly of concern in the Church. However, when he began attacking the pope, the papacy, Vatican II, the Mass, etc, that was when we realized this man had gone Luther. There was no way to take him seriously.

Schism is not the way to go even if you have huge disagreements with the hierarchy. Dialog and understanding are a must. If not, the Catholic Church becomes something else. It becomes an institution based on your views, misunderstandings, and nostalgia. This is what we see in Marshal and others. They created their own religion. Tradition is not based on what we think is tradition or measured on a specific timeline we want to apply it to.  Tradition is a living organism that develops. Like with all organisms, it is the same creation but just grows and adapts to wherever it finds itself without losing its identity and purpose.  

We need to accept the Catholic Church in her all or just walk away and do our own thing and pray God has mercy on us at our deaths.  The Catholic Church is not ours. We do not decide what to believe and what not to believe. We do not decide who is the valid pope or what is the Mass and what is not. The Catholic Church does. We are just members.  If Marshall, Father Z, One Peter Five, Rorate Caeli, Mike Lewis and others do not believe this, then they need to leave and do their own thing and stop pretending to be Catholics. Maybe the Vatican needs to go after them and all these other armchair grifters who use the faith to make money and promote falsehoods and excommunicate them as well.  Enough is enough. The Church has to be respected.  

As the situation unfolds, many are watching closely to see how the Vatican will navigate this delicate issue and what precedents it may set for handling charges of schism in the future. The trial of Archbishop Viganò is not just about the man himself but about the larger questions of unity, authority, and the future direction of the Catholic Church.







Source:

EXCLUSIVE: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano Summoned to Vatican to be Excommunicated | The Gateway Pundit | by Guest Contributor

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