Though Pope Francis should be asked to resign, he'll never step down, Archbishop Viganò

Bad Guys Sometimes Wear White

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Bad Guys Sometimes Wear White
‘Bad guys’ are not just in the movies, but are the ones getting away with atrocities of the most incredible kind in real life. Sometimes they even wear white.

Standing for the truth usually gets you nailed as a “whistleblower” and often gets you thrown into the lion’s den by those living the lie.

In my books, Pope Francis became the the quintessential bad guy because his words make him a veritable lightning rod for bigots to heap hatred on Christ’s Church.


In so publicly and nonchalantly declining to confirm or deny the eleven-page public statement from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, the pontiff threw not just Vigano to ravening wolves, but the Catholic Church, where millions continue to practice their faith in the most trying of times.

“I won’t say a word about it,” Francis told reporters when asked to confirm or deny Vigano’s claims on the flight home from Ireland on Sunday.

Francis urged journalists to read Viganò‘s text and come to a judgment themselves saying “I think the text speaks for itself.”

It is an act of trust,” he said. “When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.” (LifeSite, Aug. 26, 2018)

“How about your doing some good?” would be a most appropriate question to ask this pope.

Don’t count on members of the international mainstream media to point out that in his reply, Francis managed to shift the torpedoing Catholic Church scandal from himself to the former papal nuncio to the United States of America.

With skate blades as sharp as Hillary Clinton’s, Cardinals Wuerl, Sodano, Bertone, and Parolin, who reportedly knew about the covered up abuses perpetrated by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, get to skate off.

Worse, Pope Francis could have said but did not say: ‘I intend to lead the Vatican into fumigating the rot of sexual abuse overlooked for decades in the Catholic Church. I will bring an end to it, starting today.’

This is what millions of Catholics worldwide not only expect—but deserve.

But instead ‘Bad Guy’ Pope Francis, who has put politics over saving souls for five long years of Vatican tenure, has made himself the lightning rod for the ongoing persecution of the Catholic Church.

To be Catholic has long meant to be persecuted since the days of the catacombs. In more recent times,  the epic battle posed by Communist Russia was fought and won by the late Pope John Paul II, now a saint, who, for certain would never have thought the persecution of Catholics would ever be ramped up under Pope Francis.

And now the stubborn silence of Pope Francis and flippant replies to the international media are casting aspersions on Pope Benedict XVI, whose sudden departure in 2013 has never been squared by the Vatican:

“Viganò said that Pope Benedict XVI had previously imposed sanctions on Cardinal McCarrick, but Pope Francis lifted these sanctions from him in spite of knowing about McCarrick’s lengthy history of sexual assaults. (Canada Free Press, Aug. 28, 2018)

“After tremendous pressure, Pope Francis finally imposed the sanctions on McCarrick again.

“According to Diane Mongagna of LifeSiteNews, in an August 25 report, “Viganò personally spoke with Francis about the gravity of McCarrick’s abuse soon after his election in 2013.”

“Aware that the pope was informed about the evil actions of McCarrick shortly after his election, Viganò has taken the unprecedented step of calling for his resignation. “Although he knew that he [McCarrick] was a corrupt man,” says Vigano, the pope “covered for him to the bitter end,” OnePeterFive reported.

“Viganò said in the US, a “chorus of voices is rising especially from the lay faithful, and has recently been joined by several bishops and priests, asking that all those who, by their silence, covered up McCarrick’s criminal behavior, or who used him to advance their career or promote their intentions, ambitions, and power in the Church, should resign.”


Aside from the rare reportage of writers like columnist Katy Grimes, who chronicled the tragic fate of Fr. Jeremy Leatherby, formerly parish priest of Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, who was formally “suspended” by Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto over dubious allegations of crossing “ministerial boundaries”, one never hears about good Catholic priests, of which there are very, very many.

Almost every one of us knows at least one priest like Fr. Jeremy Leatherby, Ms. Grimes.

Pope Francis has to date made no distinction between priest sexual predators and good priests who serve the Faithful, and most likely, never will.

The silence of this pontiff on outrageous church scandal is deafening worldwide, including in Chile where Francis called the victims of sexual abuse providers of slander and “calumny”, and his silence is just as deafening in quiet Catholic churches where mostly elderly ladies (God bless ‘em, each and every one!) pray the Rosary.

Though Pope Francis should be asked to resign, he’ll never step down, Archbishop Viganò.

Many can now clearly see that he’ll somehow have to be made to go.


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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