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A who’s who of the Viganò testimony

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VATICAN CITY, August 28, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has made serious allegations about a number of prelates and personalities in the Roman Catholic Church, many of whom he accuses of having protected the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Here is a guide to the high-ranking men the archbishop mentioned in his testimony.

Cardinals (24)

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri – b. 1940, created Cardinal by Francis, currently Secretary of the Synod of BIshops; Viganò says he was aware of sanctions on McCarrick.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu – b. 1948, created Cardinal by Francis, former Substitute of Vatican Secretariat of State, Viganò says he was aware of sanctions on McCarrick.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone – b. 1934, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2003), Cardinal Secretary of State Emeritus; Viganò wrote to him of complaints against McCarrick; Benedict XVI instructed him to impose “measures” on McCarrick.

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – b. 1938, created Cardinal by Benedict XVI; linked to Vatican gay orgy scandal; Viganò says he belongs to a homosexualist party in the Vatican.

Cardinal Blase Cupich – b. 1949, created Cardinal by Francis, Archbishop of Chicago; Viganò says his candidacy was forwarded by Cardinals McCarrick, Maradiaga and Wuerl.

Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz – b. 1933, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2001), Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago, Chile; refused to take action on behalf of sexual abuse victims; implicated with successor Ezzati in plot to prevent a clerical sex abuse victim from being appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; Viganò says Francis continues to protect him.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati – b. 1942, created Cardinal by Francis, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, implicated with predecessor Errazuriz in plot to prevent clerical sex abuse victim from being appointed to  the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; Viganò says Francis continues to protect him.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell – b. 1947, created Cardinal by Francis, Prefect for Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, former associate of Legionaries of Christ founder and sex abuser Marcial Maciel and of McCarrick, with whom he lived for six years; Viganò believes he knew of McCarrick’s predation.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni – b. 1946, created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, now Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, former Substitute for Vatican Secretariat of State; Viganò says he reported Richard Sipe’s report on clerical homosexual predation in the USA to him, but received no reply.

Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo – b. 1935, created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, now President Emeritus of the Governatorate of Vatican City, served as the Secretary for Relations with States in the Secretariat of State [i.e. Department of Foreign Affairs] from 2003 until appointment as president in 2006; Viganò says that, given his position, he must have known about McCarrick.

Cardinal William Levada – b. 1936, created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, Prefect Emeritus of Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco and of Portland; Viganò says he knew about McCarrick.

Cardinal Roger Mahony – b. 1936, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II, ultra-liberal Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles; implicated in covering up clerical sexual abuse; Viganò says he is linked to McCarrick.

Cardinal Dominique Mamberti – b. 1952, created Cardinal by Francis, Secretary for Relations with States from 2006-2014, replaced Cardinal Burke as Prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Viganò says he must have known about McCarrick because of his office.

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga – b. 1942, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2001), Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, President of Caritas Internationalis; implicated in cover-up of homosexual abuse of seminarians in Honduras; Viganò says he was McCarrick’s partner as a “kingmaker”, helping orchestrate appointments of Cupich and Joseph Tobin.  

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino – b. 1932, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2003), Vatican diplomat, protodeacon of College of Cardinals; Viganò identified him as a member of a homosexualist party in the Vatican.

Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick – b. 1930, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2001), sanctioned by Benedict XVI, rehabilitated by Francis (2013), resigned from College of Cardinals (2018); Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. and of Newark, Bishop Emeritus of Metuchen, New Jersey; notorious homosexual predator; Viganò says he became one of Francis’ key advisors and orchestrated the appointments of  Cupich and now-Newark bishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin.  

Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien – b. 1939, created Cardinal by Benedict XVI, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore; Viganò identified him as a member of a homosexualist party in the Vatican.

Cardinal Seàn Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap. – b. 1944, created Cardinal by Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Boston, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; Viganò finds his latest remarks on the McCarrick case “disconcerting.”

Cardinal Marc Armand Ouellet – b. 1944, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (2003), formerly Primate of Canada, Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops since 2010; Viganò says he must have known about sanctions on McCarrick.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin – b. 1955, created Cardinal by Francis, Cardinal Secretary of State; Viganò accuses him of covering up for McCarrick.

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri – b.1943 (Buenos Aires), created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches;  Viganò says he wrote to him of McCarrick’s abuses and also that Sandri was willing to cover up the crimes of Father Marcial Maciel.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano  – b. 1927, created Cardinal by St. John Paul II (1991),  Secretary of State Emeritus, Dean of the College of Cardinals, accused of blocking investigation into sex abuser Father Marcial Maciel; Viganò says Sodano also knew of McCarrick’s abuses.

Cardinal Joseph William Tobin – b. 1952, created Cardinal by Francis, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey (first Archbishop of Newark to be a Cardinal), Viganò says his appointment was orchestrated by McCarrick, Maradiaga and Wuerl and that he is a supporter of LGBT activist Father James Martin. Tobin has denied being told of a homosexual subculture in his diocese. He personally welcomed an LGBT “pilgrimage” to his cathedral and once tweeted “nighty-night, baby. I love you.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl – b. 1940, created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Emeritus of Pittsburgh, Archbishop of Washington; Viganò says that Wuerl was aware of McCarrick’s abuses and that he is lying “shamelessly” when he says he didn’t.

ARCHBISHOPS (4) & BISHOPS (5)

Bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros – b. 1956, Bishop of Osorno, Chile; has close ties to Chilean clerical sex abuser Fernando Karadima (b. 1930);  Viganò notes that Francis appointed Barros the Bishop of Osorno against the advice of the Chilean Bishops.

Bishop Paul Bootkoski – b. 1940, Bishop Emeritus of Metuchen; Viganò says Bootkoski covered up the abuses committed by McCarrick in his diocese and compensated two of the ex-cardinal’s victims.

Bishop Alcides Casaretto – Bishop Emeritus of San Isidro, Argentina; Visitator into the Honduras scandal involving Maradiaga and former Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda; Viganò has demanded that his report to Pope Francis now be made public.

Bishop Robert Walter McElroy – b. 1954, Bishop of San Diego; Viganò says McElroy was aware of McCarrick’s abuses, and that Viganò was instructed by Parolin to keep the San Diego episcopate open for McElroy.

Archbishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari – b.1959, Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops since 2013; Viganò says that his promotion in the department was unprecedented and that he is a great friend of Francis’ secretary; Viganò also says he must have known about McCarrick, given his position.

Archbishop John Joseph Myers – b. 1941, Archbishop Emeritus of Newark; Viganò says Myers covered up the abuses committed by McCarrick in his diocese  and compensated two of his victims.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia – b. 1945, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, subject of the homosexual church mural scandal; Viganò names him as a member of the homosexualist party in the Vatican.

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra – b. 1960, Substitute for the Secretariat of State; worked in Nunciate in Maradiaga’s Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa;  Viganò says that as delegate for Pontifical Representations he received worrisome information about him.

Bishop Juan José Pineda – Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Tegucigalpa; accused of sexually abusing seminarians in Honduras; Viganò says that since his resignation, there has been no public attention to Pineda’s and Maradiaga’s responsibility in the scandal.

PRIESTS (5)

Monsignor Charles Antonicelli – Moderator and Vicar General of the Washington, D.C. Curia, formerly McCarrick’s priest-secretary; Viganò alleges he has been lying at Wuerl’s behest.

Father Robert Drinan, S.J – b. 1920 - d. 2007, Georgetown University Law professor, U.S. congressman, abortion supporter; Viganò associates him with a “deviated wing” of the Society of Jesus.

Father Marcial Maciel – b. 1920 - d. 2008, founder of the Legionaries of Christ and notorious sex abuser; he was disciplined by Benedict XVI in 2006; Viganò accuses Sodano of protecting him and wonders if Farrell, a former Legionary, knew of Maciel’s crimes.

Father James Martin, S.J. – b. 1960, consultant to Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, LGBT “rights” promoter and supporter; Viganò notes that he has been “acclaimed” by Cupich, Tobin, Farrell, and McElroy

Father Vincent O’Keefe, S.J. – b. 1920 - d. 2012, a president of Fordham University; Viganò names him as one of the architects of the Land o’ Lakes Statement of 1967, which watered down the Catholic identity of America’s Catholic colleges.

LAITY (1)

Dr. John DeGioia – since 2001, first layman to be president of Washington’s Georgetown University; Viganò says he wrote to him twice about a “morally unacceptable event” taking place at Georgetown, sending copies of his letter to Wuerl, before discovering the objectionable event had taken place for seven years.  

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