This is the fourth and concluding installment of my (Randy Engel's) series on Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Papal Nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, whose name, by this time, is recognizable by most Catholics in the pews as the author of the eleven-page, “time bomb” testimony released on August 25, 2018, on the moral corruption in the Church (2).
I believe Viganò’s initial testimony is essentially correct in confirming the existence of a massive hierarchical and clerical homosexual “collective” that operates within and without the Vatican, as well as in key dioceses around the world. I documented that very same collective in the United States and the Vatican 12 years ago in "The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church" in which more than 40 homosexual/pederast members of the Catholic hierarchy were identified.
However, there are at least two major deficiencies that I find most disconcerting about the Viganò August testimony which I would like to mention here.
First, as far as “truth-telling” in the McCarrick case is concerned, the full truth is that Cardinal McCarrick is a third generation homosexual predator, the first and second generation of leaders in this particular line being homosexual Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York and his successor, homosexual Cardinal Terence Cooke.
This means that Viganò’s timetable is hopelessly flawed, as the rise of the homosexual network in the Roman Catholic Church dates back almost 100 years, ten decades before Francis came on the scene and before the “Uncle Teddy” (McCarrick) scandal hit the streets.
Second, Viganò ends his initial testimony with the admonition: “Let us heed the most powerful message St. John Paul II left us as an inheritance: Do not be afraid! Do not be afraid!”
With specific reference to McCarrick, the record of John Paul II is chiseled in stone:
When it comes to blame regarding the ascendency of “Uncle Teddy” (McCarrick) up the clerical ladder, it’s clear that the main culprit was John Paul II and not Francis.
Did Viganò write this because he concluded that these facts about John Paul II have disappeared down “the memory hole”? Was Viganò blinded by the fact he himself was ordained a bishop by John Paul II after being appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Nigeria? So why does Viganò think he can give Pope John Paul II a free pass?
And speaking of free passes, Viganò mentions the names of several homosexual cardinals and bishops, but fails to identify them as such, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the catamite of the late Cardinal John Wright. It would have been very timely for Viganò to heap coals upon Francis’ head for the pope’s unbridled praise of Wuerl when the cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C. retired on October 12, 2018, but so far, he hasn’t done that.
However, the real question that I will address in this article is: In what way is Opus Dei behind Vigano’s actions? For instance, given the aforementioned accolade to John Paul II, could he be acting in deference to Opus Dei’s desire to continue the myth of “John Paul the Great?” Or is there another Opus Dei purpose behind this?
This article is not a detailed review of Viganò’s original testimony, nor his second testimony of September 29, 2018, symbolically released on the feast day of the archangels, Saint Michael, Saint Rafael and Saint Gabriel - the patrons of the different fields of apostolate that make up Opus Dei - nor his third testimony which was recently published on October 19, 2018. Nor is this article a regurgitation of Viganò’s Statement on the Archbishop Nienstedt controversy which has already been refuted in Part III of this series (3). The former nuncio has not as yet replied to my September 12, 2018, challenge of his interpretation of events surrounding the Nienstedt homosexual scandal.
Rather, this article is an in-depth look at the hidden hand of Opus Dei in the Viganò affair and the role that the Prelature has played in bringing the affair to world-wide attention with such astonishingly speed and continuality. The Viganò affair is not a matter of the usual slow Vatican “leaks,” but a carefully orchestrated and coordinated “tsunami” of “The Work,” which acts in secret and hides behind its unidentified members and “apostolates.”
Thus far, this writer (Randy Engel) has concretely documented that that Viganò’s top two ghost writers (4) have serious connections to Opus Dei as has the official translator of Viganò’s public works.
I have also demonstrated the connection between the American and Italian publications that brought Viganò’s initial and continuing complaints to the attention of the American and Italian Catholic population.
But there are important pieces of the Viganò/Opus Dei puzzle that are still missing.
For example, we do not yet know the exact nature of Viganò’s relationship with Opus Dei, when that relationship began, who initiated that relationship, the extent of the role Opus Dei has played thus far in his media campaign against Vatican “corruption”, and if Opus Dei has provided Viganò with any information and documentation on the past and current sexual abuse scandals currently rocking the Holy See.
Of course, the reason that we don’t know the answer to these questions is because Viganò, the champion of transparency, has, so far, kept this information on Opus Dei secret from us.
The only thing we do know about that relationship is that it has been “friendly,” at least in the past. According to Opus Dei records, when he was Papal Nuncio in the U.S., Viganò was the main celebrant of a Mass for Opus Dei’s founder, Josemaría Escrivá, on his feast day, June 26, at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.
A Little Humility Please
Another comment on Viganò’s alleged transparency: I think it would be somewhat refreshing and salutary for the former nuncio to acknowledge the fact that others have blazed the trail in bringing the Homosexual Collective to the attention of Catholics. He and his Opus Dei writers could in humble honesty stop pretending his pronouncement against sodomy and pederasty are somehow new and visionary.
Such a pronouncement was dramatically positioned in Viganò’s third testimony of October 19, 2018. He opens with his repeated claim that he desires only “to bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church”, even though it has been and remains a “painful decision”. He then repeats his condemnation of the “plague” of homosexuality. “It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it”, Viganò says.
Of course, this is exactly what Saint Peter Damian said in his
magnificent treatise on clerical sodomy, the "Book of Gomorrah" written
in 1049. That’s nearly 1,000 years ago! And Father Enrique Rueda
wrote in his classic text, "The Homosexual Network - Private Lives
and Public Policy" written in 1982. That’s 36 years ago!
And my own 1300-page study, "The Rite of Sodomy - Homosexuality
the Roman Catholic Church" published in 2006. That was 12
So, Viganò is really a Johnny-come-lately with regard to the very real dangers posed by the Homosexual Collective, whenever and wherever it has raised its head in civilized society. Some of the names and the faces of homosexual Vatican prelates mentioned in his testimonies may be new to some, but the tails that have bound them together to their Master, have been recognizable down through the centuries. And the Master’s name is Satan.
Coming Full Circle with Nienstedt
Since the Viganò and Opus Dei circus-like exposé on the scene last August, there has been a nagging question in my mind related to Viganò’s motivation in mounting his anti-homosexual and anti-Francis media campaign.
Certainly, Viganò has placed a well-deserved albatross around Francis’ stiff, modernist neck for which he deserves credit.
But let us not forget that Viganò continues to carry an albatross around his own neck in the person of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, formerly of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Napa Institute of Irvine, California.
Now if Viganò can plainly see the gross moral splinter in McCarrick’s eye and is demanding his pound of flesh from Francis on the cover-up of McCarrick’s homosexual/pederast, why has Viganò failed to see that same-sized splinter in Nienstedt’s eye?
The reader will remember Viganò’s two-page Nienstedt memo that the former Vatican emissary sandwiched in between his first and second testimonies.
That would have been the perfect opportunity to make amends for having interfered in the archdiocesan investigation of Archbishop Nienstedt in April 2014. And it would have demonstrated that Viganò is sincere in his attempt to purge the Catholic hierarchy of homosexual predators. After all, Nienstedt was charged with the same delicts as McCarrick including the sexual solicitation of seminarians.
But Viganò didn’t do this. He did just the opposite.
Why then the selective outrage? Why is McCarrick a “monster” and Nienstedt not?
In closing, I’d like to state that if anyone believes that my criticism of Archbishop Carlos Viganò is somehow a maneuver to let Francis off the hook for his many moral and doctrinal trespasses against the Catholic faith, I would highly recommend a thorough reading of my open letter to Francis titled “On a Papal Commission of Inquiry into Homosexuality, Pederasty and La Lobby Gay in The Catholic Church” released on November 9, 2013 (5).
This concluding article in the Nienstedt series reflects the wisdom of the old adage that the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. That is to say, the fact that the team of Viganò and Opus Dei are issuing valid criticisms about Francis’s tragic and heretical papacy does not make Viganò and Opus Dei a friend of Catholic traditionalists.
In this account of the ongoing battle over corruption of the Catholic Church, I leave the door open on the question as to whether or not Viganò has been an innocent dupe or one of the cunning “coordinators” in this planned media campaign we are now witnessing.
As for Opus Dei and Francis, I say - Let the Two Beasts Devour One Another
It is obvious to us that the core purpose of the well organized and
staged Opus Dei-Viganò affair is to damage Francis and expose
the corrupt state of affairs within the leadership of the Roman
Catholic Church to the four corners of the Romnan Catholic Church.
For the Opus Dei to unveil the False Christ - which is its ultimate
objective - they have to
bring down the Roman Catholic Church as well
create chaos throughout the political scene of the world.
As we have been announcing since 1992-1993 (6) the world - political
and religious - status quo
must collapse so that the masses claim for a Savior which, of course,
will be ready to be named by the Prelature at the right time.