‘Lavender Mafia’ revelations in the Vatican

Aug 28, 2018 by

News exploded on the weekend of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s detailed testimony that Pope Francis was involved in covering-up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick despite knowing of his abuse of seminarians and priests.

Viganò, the former U.S. nuncio, released a bombshell 11-page, 7000 word, statement saying that he personally spoke to Pope Francis about McCarrick’s abusive behavior.

According to Viganò, Pope Francis “continued to cover him” and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor” who helped him to appoint a number of controversial bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

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Pope Francis refuses to take reporters’ questions on abuse crisis by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite

Homosexual ‘cesspool’: Priest blows whistle on Ireland’s national seminary by Anthony Murphy, Lifesite

Pope Francis, Cardinal Wuerl, Theodore McCarrick, and the crisis of a church divided by Jonathan V Last, Weekly Standard

Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy by Richard Fitzgibbons and Dale O’Leary

Keep calm and carry on praying – the Pope’s astonishing defence of predatory priests by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, TCW

Men Urge Thorough Catholic Church Action, National Review

Pope Francis: Catholics who ‘enter into logic of accusing’ are doing Satan’s work by Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite

‘Team Francis’ apologists panicking over Viganò testimony: ‘The conservatives are winning’, LifeSite

Pope summons presidents of world’s bishops conferences to discuss abuse crisis, LifeSite

The media’s sins of omission by Damian Thompson, UnHerd

Anglican Unscripted #434 – Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Silence by Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

Tear Down this Papal Wall of Silence by Bob Sullivan, Crisis Magazine

Documentary Sheds Light on Pope’s Cover-Up History by David Nussman, Church Militant

Letter confirms Viganò claim: Vatican knew of McCarrick abuse in 2000 by Lianne Laurence, LifeSite

New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe by David Klepper, Asssociated Press

Ten Reasons Why Pope Francis’ Silence is A Disaster by Fr Dwight Longenecker

UK media responses to Vigano testimony by George Conger, The Media Project

Rod Dreher: Pope’s silence ‘perpetuates a culture of cover up’ by Lianne Laurence, LifeSite

Secular corruption and the Catholics’ moral crisis by Kathy Gyngell, The Conservative Woman

Is Pope Francis guilty? by Paul Bois, Daily Wire

List of bishops, cardinals who support investigating Viganò’s claims (live updates), LifeSite

Catholic prelates must speak out, now, as the faithful are attacked by their own shepherds by Maike Hickson, LifeSite

If he did it by Jack Quirk, Patheos

What the Priest Scandal Is – and Is Not – About by Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Today In The Catholic Scandal by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Francis and the Journalists by John Waters, First Things

The Scandal of Left-Wing Journalists Covering a Left-Wing Pope by John Hinderaker, Powerline

Inside the extraordinary meeting between Pope Francis and abuse survivors by Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times

The government must investigate the Catholic Church by Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post

Watch: EWTN panel: Viganó’s testimony reveals ‘greatest crisis’ Pope and Church now face

Pope Francis and McCarrick: where does the evidence lead? by Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald

Watch: Ben Shapiro blasts the lack of media coverage of the sex abuse scandal

Scandals, flags and encouragements: news from August by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Viganò reveals what really happened when Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis, by Diane Montagna, LifeSite

The Media’s Coverage Of Pope Francis’ Alleged Sex Abuse Cover-Up Is Insanely Despicable by Ben Shapiro, Daily Wire

Wuerl Bombshell, Church Militant

Viganò: Journalists must ask what happened to ‘cache of documents’ Benedict gave to Francis by Diane Montagna, LifeSite

Seminarians Served as McCarrick Aides During Abuse Investigation, NC Register

Lessons From England by Aaron Taylor, First Things

Viganò has broken the silence. Expect the Vatican to dig in by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

How the media are covering up for Pope Francis, Spectator USA

Pope ignored warning from top Vatican cardinal not to reinstate defrocked serial abuser by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite

Embattled Pope Francis ‘Has No Intention’ of Stepping Down and Is ‘Embittered’ by Viganò Letter by Debra Heine, PJ Media

Gay predators, telling the truth and spring-cleaning the Church. by Gavin Ashenden

How The Pederasty Cover-Up Will Make Civil War Within The Catholic Church by Paul Rahe, The Federalist

A Cleansing Fire by Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Viganò and the pyramid of lies, LMS Chairman

Pro-gay prelates Cupich, Tobin, McElroy attack Archbishop Viganò’s credibility by Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite

Pope knowingly gave Vatican apartment to gay priest later caught in cocaine-fuelled orgy by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite

Coverage by the conservative and global press raises the stakes in Viganò affair by Julia Duin, Get Religion

The Sex Abuse Crisis: Get Real by Fr Dwight Longenecker

US Church Homosexual Scandal Is a Sequel to the Story of Sodom and Gomorrah by Jules Gomes, Church Militant

Vatican whistle-blower renews attacks on Pope Francis over disgraced cardinal as crisis in Catholic Church deepens by Nick Squires, Telegraph

Deconstructing the denunciation of the Pope by Andrea Tornielli, MercatorNet

Chicago Cardinal Suggests Sex Abuse Allegations Are A ‘Rabbit Hole,’ Says Pope Has Other Priorities by Emily Zanotti, Daily Wire

Vigano vs. mainstream press? Trying to find bright line between ‘news’ and ‘commentary’ by Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Why Francis Must Speak by Gerald E Murray, First Things

Protestants Should Care Deeply about the Catholic Catastrophe by David French, National Review

If Pope Francis resigns it could tear the Catholic Church apart by Damian Thompson, Spectator

The Predator, the Diplomat, and the Pope by Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review

Francis Gay Mafia Bombshell: The Day After by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Church Militant Statement on the Pope, Church Militant (You Tube)

Viganò issues new statement, documents to clear his name of false charges by Diane Montagna, LifeSite

The Viganò letter could spark a conflagration in the curia by Fr Raymond de Souza, Catholic Herald

Catholic Cold War Turns Hot by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Irish media purposely withheld reporting on Vigano testimony during Pope’s visit by Bree A Dail, LifeSite

Top 10 takeaways from Vigano’s testimony on Pope’s ‘cover-up’ of abuser by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite

‘Atomic bomb’: Curial official says Vigano’s testimony on Pope cover-up has rocked Vatican by Fr Carlos Martins, LifeSite

A Catholic Civil War? by Matthew Schmitz, New York Times

Cardinal Wuerl denies Vigano allegations by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite

Archbishop Vigano’s explosive testimony dismissed as new conservative attack on Pope Francis by Julia Duin, Get Religion

What Francis Knew by Philip Lawler, First Things

If Pope Francis covered up McCarrick abuse, then he’s neither ‘holy’ nor a ‘father’ by Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSite

Pope Benedict confirms he disciplined McCarrick, sources claim by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSite

Vatican Bombshell: McCarrick Conspiracy Uncovered! by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Cardinal Burke responds to former US nuncio’s explosive letter about Pope Francis, LifeSite

Texas bishop urges ‘thorough investigation’ of allegations against Pope Francis, LifeSite

Pope Francis ‘covered up for sex abuser McCarrick’ and must resign, says senior archbishop by Damian Thompson, Spectator

Pope tells media he’s ‘not going to say a word’ about McCarrick cover-up, LifeSite


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