ROME, January 14, 2019
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With a tone of fraternal and priestly charity, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written an open letter to former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, encouraging him to publicly repent of his sins and thus to save his soul.
In the brief letter, dated January 13, 2019 and published in English and Italian (see full text below), Archbishop Viganò has also sought to persuade McCarrick that he has a unique opportunity to greatly benefit the Church with a public act of repentance.
“Time is running out, but you can confess and repent of your sins, crimes and sacrileges, and do so publicly, since they have themselves become public. Your eternal salvation is at stake,” Archbishop Viganò writes.
“A public repentance on your part would bring a significant measure of healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church. Are you willing to offer her that gift?,” he adds.
The former U.S. Nuncio’s open letter comes after reported disclosures from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that McCarrick’s case is being handled via a stripped-down administrative process — called an “administrative penal process” — that is expected to conclude before the Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse in February.
Such an “administrative penal process,” which canon law reserves for cases where the evidence is so strong that a full trial is deemed unnecessary, suggests that the odds of a conviction are very high.
Theodore McCarrick is accused of molesting three boys — the youngest beginning at age 11 — and at least eight seminarians in dioceses he formerly led. If convicted, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C. would be removed from the clerical state.
In June 2018, following reports of alleged sexual abuse of a minor, McCarrick, 88, issued a statement saying: “While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people.”
McCarrick is currently residing at the St. Fidelis Capuchin Franciscan Friary in Victoria, Kansas.
Here below is Archbishop Viganò’s open letter to Theodore McCarrick. (Download a PDF of the English translation here, and of the original Italian here.)
Letter to McCarrick
Dear Archbishop McCarrick,
As has been reported as a news by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the accusations against you for crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians are going to be examined and judged very soon with an administrative procedure.
No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you is the fact that throughout these months you haven’t given any sign of repentance. I am among those who are praying for your conversion, that you may repent and ask pardon of your victims and the Church.
Time is running out, but you can confess and repent of your sins, crimes and sacrileges, and do so publicly, since they have themselves become public. Your eternal salvation is at stake.
But something else of great importance is also at stake. You, paradoxically, have at your disposal an immense offer of great hope for you from the Lord Jesus; you are in a position to do great good for the Church. In fact, you are now in a position to do something that has become more important for the Church than all of the good things you did for her throughout your entire life. A public repentance on your part would bring a significant measure of healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church. Are you willing to offer her that gift? Christ died for us all when we were still sinners (Rom. 5: 8). He only asks that we respond by repenting and doing the good that we are given to do. The good that you are in a position to do now is to offer the Church your sincere and public repentance. Will you give the Church that gift?
I implore you, repent publicly of your sins, so as to make the Church rejoice and present yourself before the tribunal of Our Lord cleansed by His blood. Please, do not make His sacrifice on the cross void for you. Christ, Our Good Lord, continues to love you. Put your entire trust in His Sacred Heart. And pray to Mary, as I and many others are doing, asking her to intercede for the salvation of your soul.
“Maria Mater Gratiae, Mater Misericordiae, Tu nos ab hoste protege et mortis hora suscipe”. Mary Mother of the Grace, Mother of Mercy, protect us from the enemy and welcome us in the hour of death.
Your brother in Christ,
+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The Baptism of the Lord
Saint Hilary of Poitiers
Hallelujah! Again, hallelujah! A higher up has to say it, even if priests and some bishops have said it. McCarrick must come clean OR deeply wound the people for the next 25-50 years. The total years McCarrick has damaged the church would amount to 100 years. Shameful what money and power can do not only to government positions but to church hierarchy.
Archbishop Viganó is such a good man and a true soldier for Christ.
Courageous Archbishop Viganò deeply loves and cares for, not only the Holy Catholic Church, but for each of Her members… even this sex-crazed, treacherous Card. McCarrick. He is fulfilling the mission we are all obliged to do who love Christ, the Church, and our neighbours: to try and save as many souls as possible from going to Hell. God bless you dear priest of God, ++Viganò!
A public announcement of repentance would indeed be good for the Church and bring some measure of healing perhaps, but it would not undo all the terrible pain, sorrow, ruined lives and scandal McCarrick has inflicted on souls, both his innocent ‘victims’ and all Catholics everywhere.
Trouble is, a man can only repent from the heart of his sins if he is truly sorry for them. Is McCarrick really sorry? I wonder. He made some sort of incriminating public apology, nothing more, when the scandal first broke, saying he couldn’t “remember” the case in hand. (Couldn’t remember?? Were there so many victims of sodomitical rape by him that he couldn’t “remember” this one?)
I may sound as cynical as the Toad who used to comment here, and I honestly hope I am wrong, but I don’t think McCarrick (or in fact any of those other homosexual perverts that have continually defiled the Holy Priesthood) is even a believer. I don’t think he believes in God or Judgment, or Heaven and Hell. How could he? Wouldn’t his conscience have tormented him terribly if he were a believer? If he ever had the Faith he must have lost it long ago when he started down this slippery slope towards destruction of his own soul… and that of the pure souls whose innocence and trust he destroyed.