On the EWTN Raymond Arroyo show "World Over," Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal representative to the United States, said that contrary to the Francis Vatican McCarrick Report that the McCarrick scandal is the responsibility of Francis and those who helped him come to power such as Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
Viganò when asked by Arroyo if the report and Francis claim that he never told Francis about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's predator behavior is true, he said the claim is "Absolutely false." (World Over, Archbishop Viganò – "'Bergoglio Is To The Deep Church as Biden Is To The Deep State,'" 6:12)
Below is evidence to support his testimony on the responsibility of Francis and those who helped him come to power such as Cardinal Sodano :
Wikiwand.com reported that Pope Benedict XVI put
McCarrick "out to pasture," more than likely, for the same reason he
fired Cardinal Angelo Sodano from the position of Secretary of State for
Francis has ultimately the sole responsibility for putting the scandalous McCarrick (and Sodano) "back in the mix" as Wikiwand.com revealed:
"A 2014 New York Times article identifies him [McCarrick] as "one of a number of senior churchmen who were more or less put out to pasture during the eight-year pontificate of Benedict XVI," adding that after the election of Pope Francis he found himself put "back in the mix." [http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Theodore_Edgar_McCarrick]
Although ultimately Francis is solely responsible, were those who helped put Francis in power and controlled him to some extent, also, be responsible for McCarrick being put back in the mix?
Who might control Francis to some extent?
Vatican expert Jerry Slevin asks and answers that question: "Does Sodano Dominate Pope Francis?"
Slevin explains that Francis has put Sodano back in power by putting his "longtime protégée, [Cardinal]Pietro Parolin.... [as] No. 2 as Secretary of State, and... likely... the next pope":
"Sodano at times was “de facto” pope during John Paul II’s incapacity. He is still Dean of Cardinals and oversaw the election of Pope Francis. His longtime protégée, Pietro Parolin, is now No. 2 as Secretary of State, and will likely be the next pope."
"... Just before Francis’ election, Jason Berry, a “non-brainwashed” Jesuit educated award winning investigative reporter, in the NY Times urged Pope Benedict XVI to right some of the wrongs of the recent past by forcing out Cardinal Sodano, in Berry’s words, as '… the man who, more than any other, embodies the misuse of power that has corrupted the church hierarchy. …'. Please see, here, New York Times ." [http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2015/03_04/2015_03_29_Jerry_Catholicism_Does_It.htm]
So what does this have to do with McCarrick, Francis and those who may control him to some extent such as Sodano?
Chat Café.com reports Cardinal Bergoglio now Francis in a power struggle with the Cardinal in the past and in the present lost to Sodano:
"According to Argentine news reports here and here, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis... shut down the IVE (probably for the same reasons we decided to start this site.) They stopped the ordinations, shut down the seminary, and put restrictions on the founder Fr. Buela and the other IVE priests. So when the Institute of the Incarnate Word tries to blame their Argentine problems on “liberals” and “left-wingers”, it’s the Pope they are blaming."
"What is also news to us is that Cardinal Sodano – the same Cardinal Sodano that got busted taking bribes from and supporting the Legion of Christ’s disgraced founder Fr. Maciel – is the person that helped Buela and the Institute get out of their problems with the Argentine Bishops."
"Again from Argentine Press:
In efforts which would not have been outside of (former Argentine President) Menem’s former ambassador to the Vatican and current gentleman of the Holy See, and Archbishop Aguer Esteban Caselli, Buela got the powerful Cardinal Angelo Sodano to protect him. Not only did the Vatican reverse the order closing its seminaries, but it managed moving the IVE headquarters to Italy, to the diocese of Velletri-Segni, 60 kilometers south of Rome, where since mid-2001 has its Generalate and Buela parent lives.""In the words of the IVE, Sodano is “so close to our Institute.” The Italian Bishop where they are based even clarifies that he made the decision to let the IVE in “with the continued support of His Eminence Cardinal Sodano…” Sodano even helped them get the Novitiate opened in Chile."
'These moves by Sodano were a “great humiliation” and a “slap in the face” to the Argentine Bishops. So much so that then Cardinal Bergoglio even traveled to Rometo meet privately with Pope Benedict and express his concern over influence that Ambassador Casselli (and his ally Sodano) still had in appointing Bishops (such as the lone Argentine supporter of the IVE, Bishop Hector Aguer.) Like an excerpt from a Godfather movie, Casselli, Aguer, and Sodano coordinated together and the Sodano and Casselli families even had close economic ties. "
"As the saying goes, “Judge them by the company they keep.” If you judge the Institute of the Incarnate Word by the Cardinals that help them out, Cardinal McCarrick and Cardinal Sodano, it doesn’t paint a pretty picture." [https://www.google.com/amp/s/coffeachat.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/pope-francis-and-the-ive-institute-of-the-incarnate-word/amp/#ampshare=https://coffeachat.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/pope-francis-and-the-ive-institute-of-the-incarnate-word/]
Iveinfo.info.org shows McCarrick is another protégée of Sodano in terms of the IVE:
"As we mentioned at the beginning, the IVE says this was all just persecution for their faithfulness and orthodoxy by liberal bishops. Even if this were the case, it's a bit far-fetched considering their benefactors are the scandal-plagued Cardinal Sodano and the uber-liberal and equally scandal-plagued Cardinal McCarrick. Were there no faithful and orthodox Bishops available in the US or Italy to come to their aid?"
"... Cardinal Sodano
This is the guy that will ordain you if you go to the seminary in Italy. The local bishops won't ordain IVE candidates any more. If Sodano isn't available (or if he can't be troubled - eg. when there is only one person to be ordained deacon) the IVE have to search a bit before they find someone that will do ordinations for them."
"... Cardinal McCarrick
This is the guy that will ordain you if you go to the Seminaries in the USA or Argentina." [http://www.iveinfo.org/p/founder-and-history-at-institute-of.html?m=1]
The Catholic News Agengy (CNA) reported that "Cardinal McCarrick reportedly lived on IVE seminary property during retirement":
Francis's record shows he is not the forgiving type unless someone has power or control over him.
Some other questions might be:
Is Francis another protégée of Sodano by way of the other Sodano sidekick Parolin?
Was Sodano responsible for Benedict's resignation and therefore responsible for Francis's opportunity?
Vatican expert Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi says Vatileaks caused Pope Benedict XVI to resign:
"The story of the gay lobby has... importance in the Vatileaks and the dismissal of Pope Ratzinger... He destroyed the careers of those who were with them. To stop this group, a group of supporters of Ratzinger began to issue a series of documents, which was called Vatileaks. I can say this shock, this war of [Vatileaks] documents led to the end of Ratzinger." [\https://www.comunidadeculturaearte.com/emiliano-fittipaldi-para-francisco-a-pedofilia-e-uma-questao-secundaria/]
"But Sodano (and his forces) survived and at the Conclave of 2013, because of being dean of the College of the Cardinals, his duties included moderating the pre-Conclave discussions and presiding at the pre-Conclave Mass. It is widely conceded that once the voting got underway he had convinced a number of other cardinals to cast their ballots for Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, the man who is now Pope Francis."
"It is not clear if Sodano delivered the determining votes for the Argentine pope’s election, but those tallies were essential nonetheless. And Francis was and remains well aware of that."
The old saying is "in the Vatican, nothing is accidental," so who appeared to know Bergoglio was going to be Pope before the last conclave?:
"Yet, when Sodano, as Dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrates the Missa Pro Eligendo Romani Pontifice (the Mass that precedes the opening of the conclave), the homily seems like an specific endorsement of Bergoglio’s character. Sodano took note of the prevailing winds and anticipated the cardinals’ move. Sodano spoke of mercy and of reaching out to the peripheries of the world. Looking back, each word – and in the Vatican, nothing is accidental – seems to be a clear endorsement of Pope Francis’ views." [http://www.mondayvatican.com/vatican/the-return-of-the-curia-of-the-old-days]
Joseph Zen believes that protégée of Sodano Cardinal Parolin is the
puppet-master behind Pope Francis's plan to betray the underground
Chinese Catholics to the Chinese Communist regime.
(LifeSiteNews, "Cardinal Zen rebukes the Vatican's Secretary of State over China: He [Parolin] is a 'man of little faith,'" February 6, 2017)
How long has Sodano protégée Parolin been behind the scenes with Francis pulling strings?
In the last decade, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was having problems with
conservative Catholics, some linked to the Knights of Malta, lead by
Argentina Vatican embassador Esteban Caselli who had attempted to block
Bergoglio becoming a bishop.
(MondayVatican.com, "Pope Francis and the Order of Malta: A Key to Understanding this Pontificate?," January 30, 2017)
The conservative Catholics then blocked his selection of liberal bishops when he became a Cardinal for the country and finally attempted to remove him from Argentina by getting him sent to a "Vatican congregation."
(Crux, "How the pope's history with the Knights of Malta could be linked to the current row" January 13, 2017)
Bergoglio's path to the Vatican was in great danger.
Who came to the rescue in his Argentina power struggle with the conservative Argentinian Catholics?
Francis biographer Elisabeth's Pique tells us in Bergoglio's own words:
"I got to know [the Sodano sidekick] Parolin personally in 2006, in the middle of the conflict between the Argentine episcopate and a certain sector of the Roman Curia that, through the former Ambassador Esteban Caselli, had intervened in the nomination of bishops. I asked him to meet me so I could try to understand the position of the Vatican. Parolin accepted: he received me in his office of the Secretariat of State, was very courteous, and - obviously off the record - discussed the matter with me."
(Book.Google.com, "Pope Francis: Life and Revolution:A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio")
The rest is history.
The crafty Vatican "insider" Parolin who is the cohort of the powerful Sodano helped Bergoglio outmanoeuvred the conservative Catholics in the Vatican and Argentina. He became his Secretary of State under Francis.
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