Archbishop Viganò: Catholic Hierarchy at Highest Levels Now the Enemy of God…

Archbishop Viganò: Catholic Hierarchy at Highest Levels Now the Enemy of God…

The following powerful letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was published June 29, 2021 (LifeSiteNews

THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL

Scitote quoniam Dominus ipse est Deus:
Ipse fecit nos, et non ipsi nos.

Know that the Lord is God:
He made us, and not we ourselves.

Ps 99:3

The enemies of our soul are always the same, and the snares they set for us are always the same. The world, with its seductions; the flesh, corrupted by original sin and inclined to evil; and the Devil, the eternal enemy of our salvation who uses the flesh to besiege us. Two external enemies and one internal one, always ready to make us fall in a moment of distraction, of weakness. These spiritual enemies accompany each one of us from infancy to old age, and all of humanity down the generations and ages.

The allies we can count on to defeat the world, the flesh, and the Devil are the Grace of God, the frequent reception of the Sacraments, the exercise of the Virtues, prayer, penance, the consideration of the Last Things, meditation on the Passion of the Lord, and living in His presence.

The worldly spirit, the enslavement to concupiscence, and – what is even more grave – the refusal to fight against the Evil One have infected a large part of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church, up to its highest levels, making it the enemy of God, His Law, and our souls. As has happened with civil authority, so also religious authority has abdicated its proper role, disowning the very purpose for which it was willed by Divine Providence.

 

Pope Francis praises Fr James Martin, LGBTQ activist. Photographed above at Vatican…

The novelty of this perversion of authority, which heralds the epochal clash of the End Times, lies precisely in the corruption of the Shepherds and in the fact that the individual members of the faithful, as a flock without a leader, find themselves having to heroically resist an assault on the Citadel on several fronts, in which they have been abandoned by their leaders, who are opening the gates and allowing the enemy hordes to enter in order to exterminate us.

The discussion about the proposed Zan bill, the imposition of LGBTQ+ ideology, and the indoctrination of gender theory in Italy follows a targeted plan organized on the global level, which in many nations has already been brought to completion. Nations in which, even after two centuries of revolutions, the imprint of Catholicism had survived in the social fabric, have now become completely paganized. Rainbow flags fly not only on the front of public institutions but even on the facades of Cathedrals, the balconies of Bishops’ residences, and even inside churches.

In recent times – even only thirty years ago – it was said by some that in order to support a minority of people misled by vice and to defend them from discrimination, the State had to intervene with forms of protection and guarantees of their liberty. In hindsight, this was an unreasonable and illogical statement, because the freedom of the human person consists in adherence of the will to the good to which its nature is ordered and in the pursuit of its material and supernatural purpose. But in the great deception with which the Devil has always tried to entice man, that apparent pretext has seduced many. It seemed that courage was needed to claim the right to vice and sin against the cruel harshness of a “respectable majority” still tied to the precepts of Religion. The Pride of being diverse in a world of equals was claimed, of having the right to a space for vice in a “virtuous world.”

In those years, the Church still raised, perhaps with less conviction but still always faithful to her divine mandate, the voice of the immutable Magisterium to condemn the legitimization of intrinsically disordered behaviours. Attentive to the eternal salvation of souls, she saw what disasters would befall society with the approval of lifestyles totally antithetical to the Natural Law, the Commandments, and the Gospel. The Shepherds knew how to be courageous defenders of the Good, and the Popes were not afraid to become the object of indecorous attacks from those who saw in them the katechon which prevented the definitive corruption of the world and the establishment of the Reign of the Antichrist.

Today that heroic battle – which we have learned is already weakened by an extensive internal corruption of Bishops and priests – seems to no longer make sense, just as the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, and the Roman Pontiffs no longer seems to make sense. The one who sits in Rome is surrounded by immoral persons who wink at LGBTQ+ movements and hypocritically simulate a welcome and an inclusivity that betrays their choice of field and their sinful tendencies. There is no more courage; there is no more fidelity to Christ; and it has reached the point of insinuating that, if Bergoglio was able to change the doctrine on capital punishment – an unheard of and absolutely impossible thing – he will certainly also be able to make sodomy licit in the name of a charity which has nothing Catholic about it and which is repugnant to Divine Revelation.

The blasphemous processions that parade through the streets of the capitals of the world, and which have reached the point of blaspheming and wickedly mocking the Sacrifice of Our Lord in the Holy City consecrated by the blood of the Apostles Peter and Paul, are greeted by the mercenaries of the conciliar sect, which is silent before the sacrilegious blessings of homosexual couples but condemns those who want to remain faithful to the Savior’s teaching as “rigid.” And while the good Bishops and priests are daily confronted with the demolition that comes from above, we see published the enchanting and seductive words written by Bergoglio to James Martin, S.J., in support of a perverse and perverting ideology that offends the Majesty of God and humiliates the mission of the Church and the sacred authority of the Vicar of Christ.

As a Successor of the Apostles and a Teacher of the Faith, in a spirit of true communion with the See of Most Blessed Peter and with the Holy Church of God, I address a severe warning to them, recalling that their authority derives from Jesus Christ, and that it has strength and value only if it remains oriented to the end for which He has constituted it. Let these Shepherds consider the scandals which they cause to the faithful and the simple, and the wounds they inflict on the tormented ecclesial body – scandals and wounds for which they will have to answer to Divine Justice on the day of their Particular Judgment and also before the entire human race on the day of the Universal Judgment.

I exhort the many members of the faithful who are scandalized and bewildered by the apostasy of the Shepherds to multiply their prayers with a supernatural spirit of prayer and penance, imploring the Lord that He may deign to convert the mercenaries, leading them back to Himself and to fidelity to His divine teaching. Let us pray to the Most Pure Mother, the Virgin of Virgins, to inspire sentiments of repentance in the ministers who have been corrupted by sin and impurity, so that they may consider the horror of their sins and the terrible pains that await them: may they take refuge in the Most Holy Wounds of Christ and be purified by the laver of the Blood of the Lamb.

To our brothers seduced by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, I address a heartfelt appeal, so that they may understand that there is no pride in offending God, in knowingly contributing to the torments of His Passion, in perverting one’s own nature and wickedly refusing the salvation that He won from His Father through his Death on the Wood of the Cross. Make your weaknesses an occasion of holiness, a reason for conversion, an opportunity to make the greatness of God shine forth in your lives. Do not allow yourselves to be deceived by an Enemy who today seems to indulge your vices with the sole intention of stealing your souls and damning you for eternity. Be proud, truly proud: not of enslavement to sin and perversion, but of having known how to resist the seductions of the flesh for love of Jesus Christ. Think of your immortal soul, for which the Lord did not hesitate to suffer and die. Pray! Pray to Mary Most Holy, that she may intercede with Her Divine Son, giving you the Grace to resist, to fight, and to conquer. Offer your sufferings, your sacrifices, and your fasting to the Lord in order to obtain that freedom from Evil which the Seducer wants to take away from you by deceit. This will be your true pride, and ours as well.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

June 29, 2021
SS. Apostolorum Petri et Pauli

Comment:

Is there anything to add to what Archbishop Viganò has written?  If so, let’s hear it!  

Comments (26)

  • Athanasius Reply

    God always sends a holy prelate in times of crisis in the Church – St. Athanasius, St. Catherine of Sienna, Archbishop Lefebvre, etc., and now Archbishop Vigano. The sheep hear the voice of a true shepherd in this man, just as they did in Archbishop Lefebvre. I wish Archbishop Vigano was the Superior General of the SSPX today, to restore that spirit of holy zeal it once had in the fight against Modernism. Better yet, I wish he were Pope. We need a lot more voices speaking out with Archbishop Vigano, the voices of all those so-called Traditional prelates and institutions who seem content right now to let scandal after scandal pass so long as they’re left in peace.

    June 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Athanasius,

      I could not agree with you more. The loud silence from the so-called “trad” priests and people is deafening when, as you say, scandal after scandal is hitting us, and they just want to be left in peace. What kind of peace, though, can they really be having? Surely their consciences trouble them?

      Thank God for Archbishop Vigano – I don’t know about the conclave rules but it would be fantastic if he could be voted next pope.

      July 1, 2021 at 12:00 am
      • Athanasius

        Laura

        I believe it is possible for a conclave to elect a non-Cardinal to the papacy. Having said that, there’s not much chance of today’s Cardinals electing Archbishop Vigano. I think they would be more likely to elect the grand Mufti of Rome!

        July 1, 2021 at 12:21 am
    • Josephine Reply

      Athanasius,

      I’ve read Archbishop Lefebvre’s Open Letter to Confused Catholics and he would have made a great pope but, sadly, none of the present SSPX clergy cut the mustard. They have gone totally silent, almost immediately after one of the bishops said that in Francis we see an “outright modernist”. It’s as if he was told to be quiet and go along to get along, perhaps by his fellow bishops. It’s disappointing because I think we all expected more of them. Not any more, though, and that is sad.

      In fact, friends who attend the SSPX tell me that they hear their priests saying more and more that “all we can do is pray”. It’s that passive spirit i.e. the opposite of the Gospel spirit, which is making them ineffective. It’s really like they’re a separate church which is the opposite of what the Archbishop wanted. I took note that Father Tranquillo emphasised that in his Collegiality video, so if they are within the Church then the same teachings about speaking out, being missionaries etc applies to them as to the rest of us.

      July 1, 2021 at 8:21 am
      • Margaret Mary

        Josephine,

        You are totally correct about the SSPX being more or less redundant now – Archbishop Vigano is doing what they should have been doing all along, calling out the terrible scandals in the hierarchy.

        What they say when confronted with their public silence is two things; the first excuse is that they are really only there to keep the traditional sacraments available, but we’ve now got other groups doing that as well and they are also not speaking out. Their excuse is that if they speak out the traditional sacraments would be withdrawn in their dioceses which brings us back to the SSPX who don’t have that problem, so they’ve NO excuse because we receive the sacraments to make us spiritually fit to live out the faith in the world, so speak out ourselves but if we don’t hear the priests doing that, why should we?

        I think these priests need to remember that they were confirmed before they were ordained, so they have to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit which they got at their confirmation.

        It is very frustrating that there is only one bishop speaking out – Archbishop Vigano. Even Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider are nowhere to be seen these days.

        July 1, 2021 at 8:29 am
      • Athanasius

        Josephine & Margaret Mary

        I’ve had a very busy day today so I apologise for not responding earlier. I had a 5-hour online training course to do and then I had to rush through to the hospital having been informed that my aunt is in a serious condition, not expected to live long. I would very much appreciate your prayers for Philomena Holmes – she has already had a priest visit her in hospital, which is really comforting for all of us.

        As reagrds the SSPX, I can only agree with both of you. The SSPX is certainly not the Catholic force it was under Archbishop Lefebvre’s leadership. In general, the greater majority of the priests are good zealous priests but the ones in charge have lost something. The wrong priests have been appointed to the positions of authoirty and it shows.

        July 1, 2021 at 11:40 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    To think there is just one bishop in the entire world speaking out about the grip which the LGBTQ lobby has on the world and the Church is really frightening. I copied this extract from Archbishop Vigano’s fantastic letter – this is what they all should be shouting from the rooftops:-

    The blasphemous processions that parade through the streets of the capitals of the world, and which have reached the point of blaspheming and wickedly mocking the Sacrifice of Our Lord in the Holy City consecrated by the blood of the Apostles Peter and Paul, are greeted by the mercenaries of the conciliar sect, which is silent before the sacrilegious blessings of homosexual couples but condemns those who want to remain faithful to the Savior’s teaching as “rigid.” And while the good Bishops and priests are daily confronted with the demolition that comes from above, we see published the enchanting and seductive words written by Bergoglio to James Martin, S.J., in support of a perverse and perverting ideology that offends the Majesty of God and humiliates the mission of the Church and the sacred authority of the Vicar of Christ.

    I agree, Archbishop Vigano should be the next pope – and by God’s workings, that may come to be despite the modernist batch of cardinals which Francis and his immediate predecessors have packed into the college of cardinals.

    July 1, 2021 at 8:15 am
  • Margaret Mary Reply

    A fantastic, very powerful letter from Archbishop Vigano – I agree that he would make a brilliant pope.

    July 1, 2021 at 8:30 am
  • Lily Reply

    The Archbishop’s letter is worrying. This bit concerns me especially, because it seems to imply that the pope could change moral teaching and this is not possible, according to the promise of Christ:

    The one who sits in Rome is surrounded by immoral persons who wink at LGBTQ+ movements and hypocritically simulate a welcome and an inclusivity that betrays their choice of field and their sinful tendencies. There is no more courage; there is no more fidelity to Christ; and it has reached the point of insinuating that, if Bergoglio was able to change the doctrine on capital punishment – an unheard of and absolutely impossible thing – he will certainly also be able to make sodomy licit in the name of a charity which has nothing Catholic about it and which is repugnant to Divine Revelation.”

    Is the comparison with capital punishment not “apples and oranges”? The Church never taught that capital punishment was essential, in my understanding, it is just that the State was allowed to use capital punishment. However, the moral law about sexuality is a commandment – only within marriage between one man and one woman for life, everything else is a sin and sometimes gravely disordered.

    It would cause unnecessary doubts in people if they think the pope can change the moral law. We know that he is tolerant of homosexual sin, and that’s bad enough, but to formally state that it is NOT a sin would be another thing altogether.

    I don’t know if I’m being clear here. I hope so!

    July 1, 2021 at 9:58 am
    • RCAVictor Reply

      Lily,

      I think the gist of your bolded excerpt is that Bergoglio was able to get away with changing the doctrine on capital punishment (a subject on which the Encyclopedia is curiously vague), not that he in truth did change it. Also I don’t think a comparison is being made between two doctrines, rather, a [false] precedent is being set up for “changing” the doctrine on sodomy.

      July 1, 2021 at 3:46 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I second Athanasius’ call for Abp. Vigano to be elected pope. He has become a true rock, a worthy instrument of restoration and glorification of the Mystical Body.

    July 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Why do you never second MY calls for, er. stuff? 😀

      I’m noticing this – there’s a pattern here and I don’t mean a knitting pattern…

      July 1, 2021 at 9:26 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        I second your call for me to second your calls for…stuff…

        July 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm
      • Athanasius

        RCAVictor

        I second your second of Editor’s call for you to second her calls for stuff…

        July 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor & Athanasius,

        You two think I’m going to fall for your blether. I tell you, the more I reflect on men and the things y’all say and write, the more I realise that God made us… well… different…

        https://i.pinimg.com/originals/2f/68/0d/2f680d3e3c416771b14474e36264920e.jpg

        July 2, 2021 at 12:13 am
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Archbishop Vigano has indeed written a powerful letter. He would indeed make a brilliant Pope.

    https://gloria.tv/post/dYpbkCkErpL91sjCaDMUKBR1w

    In the article above, Pope Francis is asked to beware of hell.

    July 1, 2021 at 4:11 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      There’s a fantastic, hilarious cartoon in that link, LOL!

      Pope Francis would do well to heed that warning – he is definitely heading for Hell.

      July 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm
    • editor Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      I agree with Fidelis – that is one hilarious cartoon.

      July 1, 2021 at 9:25 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    I’ve seen it all now. Mark Lambert did a post about Fr Philip Dyer-Perry who was going to be Pastoral Director at Allen Hall but backed out (or was pushed). He has a ‘eucharistic teddy bear’ at Mass!!!! Scroll down for the video: https://marklambert.blogspot.com/2021/06/cardinal-nichols-checklist-for-priestly.html?m=1 And the Vatican worry about Abp Vigano!

    July 1, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      That is just utterly and totally and completely and absolutely scandalous!

      I wonder what those golden oldies at the front were thinking – at least they didn’t smile or react in friendly fashion (unless I missed it) but they really ought to have walked out, never to return. It’s beyond belief what nutcase priests like Dyer-Perry will do to get attention. I know, I know, there was a time when I would not have omitted his title but “Father” is NOT what I find myself calling these nuts any more.

      Indeed, I’m just thinking that if I were in attendance at such an event and felt compelled to go and speak tot he priest afterwards, I would just HAVE to begin with something like “Philip, isn’t it? Hair-dryer?”

      Well, it’s very hot up here today and I’m worn out with the heat – relaxing really does take it out of one, doesn’t it… 😀

      But believe me, Father Hair Dryer wouldn’t be doing much relaxing after I’d shared my “concerns” with him about his eucharistic teddy bear. It’d be a case of watch out for the next Oprah Winfrey heart to heart, where he’d be pouring out his innermost thoughts about the emotional abuse dished out to his teddy bear…

      Gimme a break!

      July 1, 2021 at 9:23 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply

      Westminsterfly,

      I have no doubt that Father Teddy Bear will soon receive a letter from Francis, bursting with high praise.

      July 1, 2021 at 10:49 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    I think Francis prefers little yellow plastic ducks. At least Gloria TV often portray him with one.

    July 2, 2021 at 8:39 am
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      That really is a LOL moment. Not so much this news which is yet another demonstration of the apostasy in the hierarchy… American priest, Fr Altmann removed from ministry – no, he’s not a child abuser, or actively promoting LGBT+ etc. He’s not even been actively promoting the TLM – just speaking basic truths. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less…
      https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2021/07/09/la-crosse-bishop-removes-father-altman-from-ministry/

      July 10, 2021 at 11:15 am
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        As a final comment on the thread for Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, you quoted St. John Fisher’s response to the bishops who tried to convince him to apostatise. I could not help seeing a similarity in their apostasy with that of the Bishop of La Crosse, who calls Fr. Altmann “devisive”.

        What he really means is that truth is divisive and it is not the way of the Modernist hierarchy to speak the truth to a sinful generation. Our Lord was crucified for speaking the truth and now Fr. Altmann, like Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, suffers with His Lord for being faithful. The greatest tragedy of course is that he suffers at the hands of an apostate bishop, just as Our Lord was betrayed by one of his own and Sts. John and Thomas were betrayed by their own. His best move now would be to seek incardination under a Catholic bishop, if indeed he can find one who is still sufficiently Catholic in the U.S. to accept him – perhaps Bishop Strickland. The other option open to him of course is the SSPX, should he find himself universally persecuted.

        It’s a great pity that there are not more priests like Fr. Altmann, good and faithful priests who recognise that when the bishop goes rogue then obedience is owed first to God before men, regardless of persecution. God bless this faithful, though sadly rare, Catholic priest.

        July 10, 2021 at 1:37 pm
  • John Sotow Reply

    The current situation of “the Church” is unprecedented. Given the fact that in March 2019 the vast majority of catholic church leaders, including Francis, per decree !!, suspended Holy Mass and the spending of sacraments, the only possible conclusion must be that “the Church”, as an institute, has fully abandoned Christ and His teaching. The direct effect is that “the Church” lost all its (God given) authority and has ‘undone’ itself.
    We Catholics are now dealing with a pure worldly organization, an NGO, a non-church, because non-divine any more. So, to all Catholics: be aware! Only follow the true teaching of the Lord and don’t be deceived by the non-church. One will see (and this will become more and more obvious) that this non-church will transform into the anti-church, which will attack and persecute the true and faithful followers of Christ. How paradox, but true nevertheless. It’s already happening.
    There are also Catholics that can be called “the faithful”. Sadly enough, they are very divided, organizing themselves in several ‘camps’. This will cause more division than union and, what is disastrous, will distract from the one-and-only goal: being totally joined with Christ, the only thing that matters in these days of spiritual war and purification.
    But there is also a third part that consists of all the people that are intrinsically good and seek the truth, but don’t have Christ at the center of their lives, yet.
    What I pray and hope for is, that all true followers of Christ and all good people will find and take care of each other as the first Christians did. We need each other so much and what is more, we need Christ at the center of our hearts and lives, really nothing else matters. So don’t discuss and argue, don’t organize a new way to go, don’t choose for this or that way, just live in Christ, pray, take up your daily cross, do good works, trust in Christ and be sure that God Himself will lead us through this time to His victory. God’s blessing and protection may be upon us.
    Sincerely yours, John.

    July 26, 2021 at 2:36 pm

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