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Viganò must answer for his actions - Parolin

Viganò must answer for his actions - Parolin

Former apostolic nuncio says he's on trial for 'schism'

ROME, 21 June 2024, 14:26

ANSA English Desk



Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has said that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò must answer for his actions after the Holy See's former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States announced he faces a trial before the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith for the canonical crime of schism.
    The 83-year-old ultra conservative is a big critic of the Argentine pontiff.
    In 2018 he called on Francis to resign, saying he was part of a "cover-up" involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who the pope subsequently defrocked over sexual-assault allegations.
    Viganò is also one of the Catholic conservatives to have criticised Francis for opening up to gays and remarried divorcés while bemoaning unfettered capitalism and climate change.
    In letters that went public in the Vatileaks scandal, Vigano also said he was moved from a previous role as governor of the Vatican city state for clamping down on corruption.
    "Archbishop Viganò has taken some attitudes and some actions for which he must answer," Parolin told reporters.
    "I am very sorry because I always appreciated him as a great worker, very faithful to the Holy See, someone who was, in a certain sense, also an example.
    "When he was apostolic nuncio he did good work.
    "I don't know what happened".
    On Thursday Viganò announced via X that he faces an "extrajudicial penal process" for public statements which result in a denial of the elements necessary to maintain communion with the Catholic Church; denial of the legitimacy of Pope Francis; a rupture of communion with him; and rejection of the Second Vatican Council.
    "I consider the accusations against me an honour," Viganò said, describing the Second Vatican Council as an "ideological, theological, moral, and liturgical cancer," of which "the Synodal Church" is a "metastasis." Vatican Two (1962-1965) ushered in liberal reforms in the Church.


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