Here’s the latest diatribe from schismatic Bishop Carlo Vigano. In it, as usual, he makes vicious accusations against the Vicar of Christ indirectly. But his meaning is clear, nonetheless. He has generally ceased to call Pope Francis “Pope”, much less “Roman Pontiff”. And he either refers to him as “Bergoglio” or he references the Pope and the body of Bishops with some term which denies their authentic magisterium and their roles as the successors to the Apostles.
And examples of the latter is this assertion from Vigano: “I believe it is now understood beyond all reasonable doubt that the leaders of the present Catholic Hierarchy have placed themselves at the service of the globalist Oligarchy and Freemasonry”. This represents an exceedingly grave accusation, but without openly stating its obvious meaning. For if it were true, then the Pope and the Bishops would be apostates, heretics, and schismatics. He refers to Francis by the phrase: “this most ominous ‘pontificate’ “. And the word ‘pontificate’ is in quotes because Vigano does not accept that Francis is the true successor of Peter. Vigano is therefore openly schismatic.
Certainly, such a claim cannot be true, as it is contrary to the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church and contrary to the Vatican I dogma of the never failing faith of the Pope. It is also contrary to the teaching of the ordinary and universal magisterium on the unblemished See of Peter. In truth, Pope Francis is the supreme teacher and supreme judge of the universal Church, in whom the charism of the infallibility of the Church is itself individually present.
Therefore, Vigano commits the sins of false accusations against the Pope in a grave matter, grave scandal, and heresy as well as schism. Vigano has utterly rejected submission to the Roman Pontiff (in his dual role as Teacher and Shepherd — i.e. as holder of both keys).
But in this latest statement to his followers, Vigano accuses Pope Francis of being the False Prophet of the Book of Revelation, the very same false prophet who assists the Antichrist.
I question whether Carlo Vigano might be either mentally ill or at least in need of some type of psychiatric treatment. He seems to have more than a touch of paranoia. He frequently publicly “warns” people about a global conspiracy theory that is non-existent. He is in hiding. His lies about the pandemic, the “deep Church” and the “deep state” are similar to paranoid delusions. Perhaps he is in hiding so that Church and State authorities will not be able to issue an order that he receive a psychiatric evaluation, perhaps at a locked in-patient facility, for at least 30 days — longer if the doctors and a judge decides it is in the best interests of his mental health.
Vigano writes: “But as I have already pointed out, it would be misleading to limit oneself to an evaluation of events within the Church without framing them in the wider political and social context: there is only one direction being given in which both the main protagonists as well as the extras follow the same script. The purpose has now been declared: destroying Nations from within by means of the deep state and the Church of Christ by means of the deep church, in order to establish the kingdom of the Antichrist, with the help of the False Prophet.”
The writings of Vigano, issued from in hiding, are not of a sane mind. Vigano references: “the Bergoglian sect’s subservience to this infernal plan”. The plan is simply an agreement between the Vatican and the government of China.
Vigano: “I believe it is now understood beyond all reasonable doubt that the leaders of the present Catholic Hierarchy have placed themselves at the service of the globalist Oligarchy and Freemasonry… The purpose has now been declared: destroying Nations from within by means of the deep state and the Church of Christ by means of the deep church, in order to establish the kingdom of the Antichrist, with the help of the False Prophet.”
The SSPX is a group of schismatic Bishops and priests who disagree with the teachings of Vatican II and the post-Vatican II Popes. They disagree with Francis as well. But what we have here with Vigano is something else. He is not merely disagreeing with the teachings of a Pope. He is justifying his position, against the theological position of the Pope and the body of Bishops, by means of an unreasonable, incoherent conspiracy theory — one that is so convoluted and extreme as to connect all kinds of disparate events as some kind of plot against … against whom? There are very few persons who think the way that Vigano does. What is this supposed “deep State” and “deep Church” as described by Vigano aimed at? Merely taking power away from a small group of religious conservatives on the very far Catholic right? It is not even conherent as the plot of a novel.
Vigano closes his letter with these words: “As Bishops, we cannot be silent: our silence would constitute an intolerable connivance and complicity with those mercenaries who, abusing a usurped power, deny Christ and consign souls to the Enemy of the human race.”
So Vigano thinks that all the Bishops in the world, by “being silent” — which really means by not speaking with the same extremist conspiracy-theory laden paranoia as Vigano — are conniving and complicit with mercenaries who deny Christ and consign souls to Satan. That is extreme. You either believe the extreme view of Vigano, or, according to Vigano, you are extremely evil. And he puts the Pope and almost all the Bishops in that category. I’m sure a psychiatrist could explain Vigano’s disordered thinking better than I. He needs to see one very soon.
What Carlo M. Vigano offers is not theology, not even a theology filled with errors. These are the writings of a sick mind. And I do not say that as a rhetorical criticism. I mean what I say literally. He clearly is not in his right mind, and is living day-to-day in the grip of a paranoid delusion. He needs medical care of the psychiatric type. Soon.
A new Vigano article attacks the modernist nativity scene at the Vatican with extreme malice, and then uses that scene as a symbol of the Second Vatican Council and “the Bergoglian church”. So whatever he says about that nativity scene becomes an indirect attack on the Council and the Church led by the successor of Peter. This has become a common modus operandi of papal accusers. For example, Steve Skojec calls the leaders of China monsters, and then he links Francis to them by means of the agreement between China and the Vatican, thereby allowing him to transfer all the malice and hatred he directs at China to the Roman Pontiff.
Ronald L Conte Jr