Predictably, Vigano’s evidence—his “open and free speech”—has been reduced to political infighting. The “liberals” say the testimony is false, and the “conservatives” say it is true. But his testimony is still evidence, and evidence must be examined. So let the evidence be examined. In Vigano’s own words:
“Pope Francis has repeatedly asked for total transparency in the Church and for bishops and faithful to act with parrhesia [candid or free speech]. The faithful throughout the world also demand this of him in an exemplary manner. He must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests.”
Who can deny Vigano this request for transparency? Who can fault him for speaking freely, which the Pope has always championed? Let the evidence be examined, and let the guilty be made accountable.
I share my own archbishop’s fine letter, released today, along these lines: