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(LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, former U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò spoke of the need “to shed light on the abdication of Benedict XVI” and called for an “investigation” into potential “manipulation of the 2013 Conclave.”

Archbishop Viganò’s comments came in a wide-ranging interview conducted with veteran Vatican journalist, Aldo Maria Valli, released April 5 and later reprinted on LifeSiteNews. The former nuncio discussed, amongst other topics, the growing “split” between politicians and citizens who recognize a “coup” has been enacted across the world; aspects of the “anti-globalist alliance” for which Viganò previously called; the “corruption” of Joe Biden’s administration; and provided a meditation for the final days of Lent.

‘Investigation’ needed into ‘abdication of Benedict XVI’

The most striking elements of the archbishop’s interview were his comments concerning a future conclave and the results of the last, which saw the announcement of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. 

Valli asked the prelate if there was anyone currently in the College of Cardinals “who is credible and authentically Catholic on whom the Cardinals could focus their votes in a conclave in order to effect a total change of tune compared to the current pontificate?”

In response, Viganò observed that some popes are “inflicted” upon the Church rather than being more happily “granted” to Her.

Archbishop Viganò continued:

“But before discussing the next Conclave, it is necessary to shed light on the abdication of Benedict XVI and the question of the manipulation of the 2013 Conclave, which sooner or later ought to be the subject of an official investigation.”

Should it be proven that there is “any evidence of irregularity,” Viganò stated that “the [2013] Conclave would be null and the election of Bergoglio would be null, just as all of his appointments, acts of governance, and magisterial utterances would be null.” 

Such a monumental occurrence “would be a reset that would providentially bring us back to the status quo ante,” he said, “with a College of Cardinals composed only of those Cardinals who were appointed up to the time of Benedict XVI, ousting all those who have been created since 2013 who are notoriously ultraprogressive.”

The archbishop suggested that an investigation of this kind would at the very least serve to provide clarity to the faithful, and answer the “rumors” which are widely spread regarding Benedict XVI’s resignation.

“Certainly the present situation, with all of the rumors circulating about Ratzinger’s resignation and Bergoglio’s election, does not help the ecclesial body and creates confusion and disorientation among the faithful,” he said. 

Benedict XVI appointed Viganò as Papal Nuncio to the United States in 2011, a position he held under Francis until his retirement in 2016, upon turning 75, the mandatory age at which resignation must be offered.

The next Pope must ‘stop referring to Vatican II’ 

Leaving aside the issue of the 2013 conclave, Archbishop Viganò offered advice to any future “papabile” looking to “change the tune.” 

“If there is a Cardinal that really wants to ‘change the tune,’ let him come forward and – for the love of God – may he stop referring to Vatican II and instead think of the sanctification of the Clergy and the faithful,” said the archbishop.

Referring to the “horrors of the Bergoglian ‘pontificate,’” Archbishop Viganò had earlier noted that  these “horrors and errors” of the current Vatican “did not appear out of nowhere, as if in the preceding Pontificates everything was perfect and wonderful.” 

“The crisis began with Vatican II,” he stated, “deploring the symptoms of an illness without understanding its causes is a useless and harmful operation.” 

If the College of Cardinals is not persuaded that it is necessary to return to what the Church believed, taught, and celebrated up until and through the pontificate of Pius XII, all opposition to the present regime will be doomed to certain failure.

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By all accounts, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres' diocese of Arecibo in Puerto Rico is flourishing because of his adherence to the perennial teachings of the Church.

But, without any formal proceedings, Bishop Fernández Torres has been summarily 'relieved' of his episcopal duties allegedly because he championed conscience rights in the face of a Church vaccine mandate in Puerto Rico.

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To be clear, COVID-19 is a serious disease, oftentimes with debilitating consequences, or worse, for those who contract it.

However, all coronavirus vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been tested on or produced with cell lines of aborted babies. And, the vaccines have been linked to serious side effects, while none has yet completed long-term testing.

Given the complexity of this issue, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment which each individual must make after informing his or her conscience.

As such, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to be vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Church's teaching authority where faith and moral are concerned, issued a statement to that effect in December, 2020.

Specifically, the CDF's, “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” of December 17, 2020, n. 5 states: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Therefore, it would appear that for simply restating the current teaching of the CDF and for opposing his brother bishops in Puerto Rico on this seminal matter of conscientious objection, Rome is now attempting to "cancel" Bishop Fernández Torres.

This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory!

And, Bishop Fernández Torres is hardly the first bishop to defend Church teaching on conscientious objection on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Both the Colorado and South Dakota bishops' conferences released similar statements, and like Bishop Fernández Torres, they also offered to validate religious exemptions for member of their flock who asked to be exempted from vaccination.

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For his part, Bishop Fernández Torres, 57, a staunch defender of life and family, protested his removal as "totally unjust" in a statement released Wednesday (3/9/2022).

The bishop, who led his diocese for nearly 12 years, noted that Pope Francis’ apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico verbally requested that he resign, but said that he refused to do so, as he "did not want to become an accomplice of a totally unjust action."

"No process has been made against me," Bishop Fernández Torres wrote, "nor have I been formally accused of anything, and simply one day the apostolic delegate verbally communicated to me that Rome was asking me to resign."

“A successor of the apostles is now being replaced without even undertaking what would be a due canonical process to remove a parish priest,” the bishop added.

“I was informed that I had committed no crime but that I supposedly ‘had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion with my brother bishops of Puerto Rico,’” he said. “It was suggested to me that if I resigned from the diocese I would remain at the service of the Church in case at some time I was needed in some other position; an offer that in fact proves my innocence.”

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Some days prior to the archbishop’s interview, on March 25, a group of prominent U.S. prelates, along with the Papal Nuncio and Vatican curial officials, secretively gathered in Chicago to “understand the spirit of what they call the ‘opposition’” to Pope Francis, and to promote the ideology of Vatican II.

Archbishop Viganò referenced this meeting, saying that “we cannot help but agree with them [the conference attendees] on the intrinsic relationship between the conciliar cancer and the Bergoglian metastasis.” 

The former Papal Nuncio declared that it was “evident” how the current state of the Church is a “punishment” from God:

The apostasy of the Catholic hierarchy is the punishment with which the Divine Majesty is afflicting rebellious and sinful humanity, so that it recognizes the sovereign rights of God, converts, and finally returns under the gentle yoke of Christ.

Doubling down on his statement that any future Pope would need to “stop referring to Vatican II,” Archbishop Viganò added: “as long as the Bishops do not recognize their betrayal and repent of it, no hope is possible for the world, since salvation can only be had in the one Flock under the one Shepherd.”

Sankt Gallen mafia

Archbishop Viganò is not alone in raising questions about the resignation of Benedict XVI and the ensuing conclave of 2013. Writing on LifeSiteNews in October 2021, former intelligence officer Steven O’Reilly highlighted a number of “unsolved mysteries” regarding Bergoglio and the 2013 conclave. O’Reilly has compiled considerable research into the conclave, found in the Conclave Chronicles at RomaLocutaEst.

The St. Gallen Mafia is also believed to have been involved to some extent in the resignation of Benedict XVI, since it comprised of a number of key cardinals who schemed for years to elect a pope who would change the Church and attempt to make it more liberal.

U.S. author Julia Meloni recently examined the St. Gallen Mafia in a book published 2021, pointing to the hidden relationships between Cardinal Bergoglio and prelates such as Carlo Maria Martini, Walter Kasper, Godfried Daneels, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, and even former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

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