Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò letters


Archbishop Viganò Archive

Complete chronological listing of all letters, articles, and interviews from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
Expert Commentary provided by Dr. Taylor Marshall

December 18, 2020
Letter: A Den of Thieves
December 12, 2020
Jericho March Speech
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December 1, 2020
The "Church" of Bergoglio: The New Sanhedrin
November 24, 2020
Extended Response to McCarrick Report
November 14, 2020
Letter to US Supreme Court (Read at DC March)
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Reading
November 12, 2020
Raymond Arroyo Interview: The McCarrick Report
November 10, 2020
Initial Response to McCarrick Report
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
November 8, 2020
Letter on Biden, Covid, and the USCCB
November 4, 2020
Letter to American Catholics and All Americans of Good Will
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
October 25, 2020
Open Letter #2 to President Donald Trump
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
October 24, 2020
Catholic Identity Conference: Vatican II & the New World Order
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
October 21, 2020
On Francis' Documentary: Francesco
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
October 11, 2020
Westen Interview: Fratelli Tutti and Silent US Bishops
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
October 6, 2020
Comments on Francis's Encyclical Fratelli Tutti
October 1, 2020
Boezi Interview: Trump & Biden
September 23, 2020
Letter to National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
September 22, 2020
Article: The Jesuits, The Church, & the Deep State
September 14, 2020
Tosatti Interview: Democrat Catholics?
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary: 9/14
-Dr. Marshall's Commentary: 9/15
-Dr. Marshall's Commentary: 9/16
-Dr. Marshall & Matt Gaspers: 9/16
September 1, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #6: What Should Catholics Do Now?
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
August 15, 2020
Letter to Mothers: Against Globalist Dictatorship
August 14, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #5: Michael Matt & Bishop Barron
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
August 12, 2020
Mediation to LifeSiteNews
August 10, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #4: Fr. Thomas Weinandy
July 22, 2020
Interview with Marco Tosatti
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
July 9, 2020
Prayer for the United States of America
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
July 6, 2020
Letter to Disenfranchised Nun about Trump
July 3, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #3: Sandra Magister
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
June 14, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #2: Paolo Pasqualucci
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
June 9, 2020
Letter on Vatican II #1: Schneider
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
June 7, 2020
Open Letter #1 to President Donald Trump
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
May 29, 2020
Letter to Cloistered Religious Sister
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
May 8, 2020
Statement on Cardinal Sarah's Withdrawal from Appeal
April 22, 2020
Interview on the Third Secret of Fatima
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
March 29, 2020
Interview with the Remnant
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
February 29, 2020
Letter in Defense of Chinese Cardinal Zen
January 31, 2020
Letter: "The Faithful Have a Right to Know"
December 19, 2019
Letter in Defense of Mary Against Francis
November 20, 2019
Article Against Neo-Religious Synchretism
July 3, 2019
Washington Post Interview Unpublished Remarks
June 10, 2019
Interview with the Washington Post
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
January 13, 2019
Letter to McCarrick: "Repent"
November 13, 2018
Message to USCCB General Assembly
October 19, 2018
The Third Testimony: McCarrick and Oullett
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
September 29, 2018
The Second Testimony
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary
August 25, 2018
The First Testimony: McCarrick
-Dr. Taylor Marshall's Commentary

About Archbishop Viganò​

Archbishop Vigano

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016. He also previously served as Secretary-General of the Governorate of Vatican City State from 2009 to 2011. He is notable for his role in bringing to light scandals and corruption within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, especially in revealing the wide-spread cover-up of the abuses of Theodore McCarrick.





Bannon and Viganò : a match made in heaven

If the Deep State don’t get ya, the Deep Church will

Steve Bannon’s plan to build a great populist ‘movement’ in Europe hasn’t quite yet come to fruition. But the former White House chief strategist has formed an interesting relationship with Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, who these days talks as if he’s been avidly listening to Bannon’s War Room podcast instead of reciting the rosary.

The two men have just released an extraordinary interview, in which the prelate describes the connections between what he calls the global ‘Deep State’, that serves China’s interests, and the ‘Deep Church’, led by Bergoglio — or, as most the world knows him, Pope Francis I. ‘Bergoglio’s subservience to the globalist agenda is obvious,’ he says, ‘as well as his active support for the election of Joe Biden.’

Archbishop Viganò also encourages politicians to become ‘Champions of Truth’ — i.e. support President Trump — and to stop the Great Reset from ushering in an error of polygamy, transgender insanity and worse.

Cockburn encourages you all to read this extraordinary exchange and to remember something while doing so — the war on truth is fought on many fronts.

SB: Now that the Vatican has renewed its insidious secret agreement with China, a deal which you have repeatedly condemned as promoted by Bergoglio with the assistance of McCarrick, what can the ‘children of light’ of the Great Awakening concretely do to undermine this unholy alliance with this brutal Communist regime?

AV: The dictatorship of the Chinese Communist party is allied to the global deep state, on the one hand so that together they can attain the goals that they have in common, on the other hand because the plans for the Great Reset are an opportunity to increase the economic power of China in the world, beginning with the invasion of national markets. At the same time that it pursues this project in its foreign policy, China is pursuing a domestic plan to restore the Maoist tyranny, which requires the cancellation of religions (primarily the Catholic religion), replacing them with a religion of the State which definitely has many elements in common with the universal religion desired by globalist ideology, whose spiritual leader is Bergoglio.

The complicity of Bergoglio’s deep church in this infernal project has deprived Chinese Catholics of the indefectible defense that the Papacy had always been for them. Up until the papacy of Benedict XVI, the papacy had not made any agreements with the Beijing dictatorship, and the Roman Pontiff retained the exclusive right to appoint bishops and govern dioceses. I recall that even at the time of the Bill Clinton administration during the 1990’s, former Cardinal McCarrick was the point of contact between the deep church and the American deep state, carrying out political missions in China on behalf of the US administration. And the suspicions that the resignation of Benedict XVI involved China are quite strong and coherent with the picture that has been emerging in recent months.

Thus we find ourselves faced with an infamous betrayal of the mission of the Church of Christ, carried out by her highest leaders in open conflict with those members of the Chinese Catholic underground hierarchy who have remained faithful to Our Lord and to His Church. My affectioned thoughts and prayers are with them and with Cardinal Zen, an eminent confessor of the faith, whom Bergoglio recently shamefully refused to receive.

We believers must act on the spiritual level by fervent prayer, asking God to give special protection to the Church in China, and also by continually denouncing the aberrations carried out by the Chinese regime. This action must be accompanied by a work of raising awareness within governments and international institutions that have not been compromised by the Chinese communist dictatorship, so that the violations of human rights and the attacks on the freedom of the Catholic Church in China may be denounced and punished with sanctions and strong diplomatic pressure. And this is the line that President Trump is pursuing with decisive courage. Beijing’s complicity with political and religious elements that are involved in murky operations of speculation and corruption must likewise be exposed. These profit-driven dealings constitute a very grave act of treason by politicians and public officials against their nation and also a grave betrayal of the Church by the men who lead her. I also think that in some cases this betrayal is not only carried out by individuals but also by the institutions themselves, as in the case of the European Union, which is currently finalizing a commercial agreement with China despite its systematic violation of human rights and its violent repression of dissent.

It would be an irreparable disaster if Joe Biden, who is heavily suspected of being complicit with the Chinese dictatorship, would be designated as President of the United States.

SB: You have been very confident that God desires a Trump victory in order to defeat the forces of evil inherent in the globalists’ Great Reset. What would you say to convince the naysayers who are ambivalent to the idea that this is a momentous battle between the children of light and the children of darkness?

AV: I simply consider who Trump’s adversary is and his numerous ties to China, the deep state, and the advocates of globalist ideology. I think of his intention to condemn us all to wear masks, as he has candidly admitted. I think of the fact that, incontestably, he is only a puppet in the hands of the elite, who are ready to remove him as soon they decide to replace him with Kamala Harris.

Beyond the political alignments, we must further understand that — above all in a complex situation like the present one — it is essential that the victory of the one who is elected President must be guaranteed in its absolute legal legitimacy, avoiding any suspicion of fraud and taking note of the overwhelming evidence of irregularities that has emerged in several states. A President who is simply proclaimed as such by the mainstream media affiliated with the deep state would be deprived of all legitimacy and would expose the nation to dangerous foreign interference, as has already been shown to have happened in the current election.
SB: You seem to suggest that the Trump administration could be instrumental in helping to return the Church to a pre-Francis Catholicism. How does the Trump Administration accomplish that, and how can American Catholics work to save the world from this globalist ‘reset’?
AV: Bergoglio’s subservience to the globalist agenda is obvious, as well as his active support for the election of Joe Biden. In the same way, Bergoglio’s hostility to Trump and his repeated attacks against the President are evident. It is clear that Bergoglio considers Trump as his principal adversary, the obstacle that needs to be removed, so that the Great Reset can be put in motion.
Thus on the one hand we have the Trump administration and the traditional values that it holds in common with those of Catholics; on the other hand we have the deep state of the self-styled Catholic Joe Biden, who is subservient to the globalist ideology and its perverse, anti-human, antichristic, infernal agenda.

In order to put an end to the deep church and restore the Catholic Church, the extent of the involvement of the leaders of the Church with the Masonic-globalist project will have to be revealed: the nature of the corruption and crimes that these men have carried out, thereby making themselves vulnerable to blackmail, just as happens in a similar way in the political field to members of the deep state, beginning with Biden himself. Thus it is to be hoped that any proof of such crimes that is in the possession of the Secret Services would be brought to light, especially in relation to the true motives that led to the resignation of Benedict XVI and the conspiracies underlying the election of Bergoglio, thereby permitting the expulsion of the mercenaries who have seized control of the Church.

American Catholics still have time to denounce this global subversion and stop the establishment of the New Order: let them think about what sort of future they want for the coming generations, and of the destruction of society. Let them think about the responsibility that they have before God, their children, and their nation: as Catholics, as fathers and mothers of their families, and as patriots.

SB: Against all odds, average Americans are fighting to expose the massive and coordinated theft of our election: what advice would you give to our recalcitrant politicians about what is at stake for our nation and the world if we submit to this theft?

AV: The Truth can be denied by the majority for a certain amount of time, or by some people forever, but it can never be hidden from everyone forever. This is the lesson of History, which has inexorably revealed the great crimes of the past and those who perpetrated them.

Thus I invite politicians, beyond their political loyalties, to become champions of the Truth, to defend it as an indispensable treasure which alone can guarantee the credibility of institutions and the authority of the people’s representatives, in accord with the mandate they have received, the oath they have sworn to serve their country, and their moral responsibility before God. Each one of us has a role that Providence has entrusted to us, and which it would be culpable to shrink from. If the United States misses this opportunity, now, it will be wiped out from History. If it allows the idea to spread among the masses that the electoral choice of the citizens — the first expression of democracy — can be manipulated and thwarted, it will be complicit in the fraud, and will certainly deserve the execration of the entire world, which looks to America as a nation which has fought for and defended its freedom.

SB: In your letter to the President on October 25, the Solemnity of Christ the King, you spoke of the efforts of the deep state as ‘the final assault of the children of darkness’. There is a concerted effort by the globalists and their media partners to conceal and obscure the true tyrannical agenda implicit in the Great Reset, by calling it a wild conspiracy theory. What would you say to the skeptics who blissfully ignore the signs and plan to submit humanity to the domination of the global elites?

AV: The plan of the Great Reset makes use of the mainstream media as an indispensable ally: the media corporations are almost all actively part of the deep state and know that the power that will be guaranteed to them in the future depends exclusively on their slavish adherence to its agenda.

Labeling those who denounce the existence of a conspiracy as ‘conspiracy theorists’ confirms, if anything, that this conspiracy exists, and that its authors are very upset at having been found out and reported to public opinion. And yet they themselves have said it: nothing will be the same again. And also: Build Back Better, in an effort to make us believe that the radical changes they want to impose have been made necessary by a pandemic, by climate change, and by technological progress.

Years ago, those who spoke of the New World Order were called conspiracy theorists. Today, all of the world’s leaders, including Bergoglio, speak with impunity about the New World Order, describing it exactly in the terms that were identified by the so-called conspiracy theorists. It is enough to read the globalists’ declarations to understand that the conspiracy exists and that they pride themselves on being its architects, to the point of admitting the need for a pandemic in order to reach their objectives of social engineering.

To the skeptics I ask: if the models that are proposed to us today are so terrible, what will our children be able to expect when the elite will have succeeded in taking total control over the nations? Families without father and mother, polyamory, sodomy, children who can change their sex, the cancellation of Religion and the imposition of an infernal cult, abortion and euthanasia, the abolition of private property, a health dictatorship, a perpetual pandemic. Is this the world that we want, that you want for yourselves, your children, and your family and friends?
We must all become aware of how much the proponents of the New World Order and the Great Reset hate the inalienable values of our Greco-Christian civilization, such as Religion, the family, respect for life and the inviolable rights of the human person, and national sovereignty.


SB: You have repeatedly warned that the ‘deep state’ and ‘deep church’ have colluded to plot in various ways to overthrow Benedict as well as President Trump. Besides Theodore McCarrick, who else is behind this infernal alliance, and how do Catholics undermine and expose it?

AV: It is apparent that McCarrick acted on behalf of the deep stateand the deep church, but he certainly did not do it alone. All of his activity suggests a very efficient organizational structure composed of people whom McCarrick had promoted and covered by other accomplices.
The events that led to the resignation of Benedict XVI still need to be clarified, but one of the members of the deep church, the deceased Cardinal Danneels, a Jesuit like Bergoglio, admitted that he was a part of the so-called Saint Gallen Mafia, which essentially worked to bring about the ‘springtime of the Church‘ which John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, wrote about in his emails published by Wikileaks.
Thus there is a group of conspirators who have worked and still work in the heart of the Church for the interests of the elite. Most of them are identifiable, but the most dangerous are those who do not expose themselves, those whom the newspaper never mentions. They will not hesitate to force Bergoglio to resign also, just like Ratzinger, if he does not obey their orders. They would like to transform the Vatican into a retirement home for popes emeriti, demolishing the papacy and securing power: exactly the same as what happens in the deep state, where, as I have already said, Biden is the equivalent of Bergoglio.

In order to bring down the deep state and the deep church, three things are essential:
1) first of all, becoming aware of what globalism’s plan is, and to what extent it is instrumental to the establishment of the kingdom of the Antichrist, since it shares its principles, means, and ends;

2) secondly, firmly denouncing this infernal plan and asking the Shepherds of the Church – and also the laity – to defend her, breaking their complicit silence: God will demand of them an account for their desertion;

3) finally, it is necessary to pray, asking the Lord to grant each one of us the strength to resist — resistite fortes in fide, Saint Peter warns us — against the ideological tyranny that is daily imposed on us not only by the media but also by the cardinals and bishops who are under Bergoglio’s thumb. If we can prove ourselves strong in facing this trial; if we know how to hold ourselves anchored to the rock of the Church without allowing ourselves to be seduced by false christs and false prophets, the Lord will permit us to see — at least for now — the defeat of the assault of the children of darkness against God and men. If out of fear or complicity we follow the prince of this world, denying our Baptismal promises, we will be condemned with him to inexorable defeat and eternal damnation. I tremble for those who do not realize the responsibility that they have before God for the souls that He has entrusted to them. But to those who fight courageously to defend the rights of God, the Nation, and the Family, the Lord assures his protection. He has placed His Most Holy Mother at our side, the Queen of Victories and the Help of Christians. We invoke Her faithfully during these difficult days, confidently certain of Her intervention.





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January 31, 2021

Reverend and esteemed priest of Christ:

I have received the letter in which you raise with me some serious questions about the crisis of authority that the Church is going through, a crisis that has been worsening in recent years and in particular during the pandemic emergency, on the occasion of which the glory of God and the salvation of souls have been put aside for the sake of a presumed health of the body. I have decided to make public this coherent response to your letter because with it I am responding to the very many faithful and priests who write to me from all parts of the world with questions and great concerns of conscience about the serious questions mentioned.

The Sacred Scriptures address the problem of a perverted authority - that is, one that exceeds the limits that correspond to it or that on its own initiative has set itself an end contrary to that which legitimizes it - to remind us that omnis potestas a Deo (Rom. 13:1) and that qui resistit potestati, Dei ordinationi resistit (ibid. 2). And if St. Paul exhorts us to obey the civil authorities, with all the more reason we are obliged to obey the ecclesiastical ones because of the primacy that these spiritual matters have over the temporal ones.

You point out that it is not for us to judge the authority because the Son of Man will return to administer justice at the end of time. But if we have to wait until the day of judgment to punish the wicked, for what purpose would the Divine Majesty have constituted a temporal and a spiritual authority on Earth? Is it not his duty, as Vicar of Christ the King and High Priest, to rule and govern his subjects in this world by administering justice and punishing the wicked? What sense would the laws have if there were no one to enforce them and impose sanctions on those who violate them? If the arbitrary decisions of those in authority were not punished by their superiors, how could subjects, whether civil or ecclesiastical, expect to obtain justice in this world?

I fear that his objection that ecclesiastics who possess an authority derived from the office they hold can only be judged at the end of time will lead on the one hand to fatalism and resignation in the subjects, and on the other hand promote in a certain way abuses of authority in superiors.

Obedience to a perverted authority cannot be considered obligatory, nor morally good, simply because when the Son of Man returns at the end of time he will do justice. It is true that the Scriptures exhort us to be obedient, moderating our obedience with patience and a spirit of penitence, but in no way do they urge us to obey intrinsically bad orders, just because they are given by someone in authority. In fact, any authority, the very moment it is exercised against the end for which it exists, loses the legitimacy that justifies it and, even if it does not lose the office itself, it demands from its subjects an adherence that from time to time will have to be examined and judged.

The ʀɛʋօʟutιօn overturned the Christian order that recognized the constituted authority as coming from God and replaced it with a supposed democracy in the name of the secularity of the State and its separation from the Church. With the Council, this subversion of the principle of authority has found its way into the Hierarchy itself, with the result that that order due to God has not only been erased from civil society, but has also been undermined in the Church itself. It is clear that when God's work is disrupted and His authority denied, power is irremєdιαbly affected and the conditions for tyranny or anarchy are created. The Church is no exception, as we can painfully observe: power is often used to punish the good and reward the bad. Almost always, canonical sanctions serve to excommunicate those who remain faithful to the Gospel. The dicasteries and the organs of the Holy See support errors and impede the spread of the Truth. Bergoglio himself, who should represent on Earth the highest Authority, uses the power of the Holy Keys to promote the ɠƖobaƖıst plan and to promote heterodox doctrines, being well aware of the principle Prima Sedes a nemine iudicatur that allows him to act without hindrance.

This is, of course, an anomalous situation, because according to the order established by God, the representative of authority must be obeyed. But in this admirable universe Satan introduces chaos by manipulating the fragile and sinful element: man. You, dear priest, put it well in your letter: "Now, the most diabolical thing that our enemy has achieved in order to do evil is to use precisely the one who shows himself to the world invested with the authority that Jesus Christ conferred on his Church. And by doing so, on the one hand he makes some good people participate in evil, and on the other he scandalizes those good people who are aware of it". He contextualizes this situation in the present case: "The authority granted by Jesus is abused to justify and encourage a terrible operation that is presented under the false name of vaccination."

I concur with his assessment of the objective immorality of the so-called CÖVÌD-19 ναccιnє because of the use in its manufacture of material derived from aborted fetuses. I also agree that the document promulgated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is totally inappropriate from a scientific, philosophical and doctrinal point of view. The Prefect limits himself to docilely obeying more than questionable instructions received from his superior. The obedience of the reprobate is emblematic in this situation, because he disregards the authority of God and of the Church in the name of a servility that flatters the athoritarianism of his immєdιαte superior.

However, I would like to point out that the document of the Holy See is particularly insidious because it limits itself to analyzing a remote aspect, so to speak, of the composition of the drug (leaving aside the moral licitness of an action that does not lose gravity with the passage of time); but also because it ignores the fact that to revitalize the fetal material used at the beginning it is necessary to periodically add material coming from new fetuses aborted ad hoc in the third month of gestation, and that these tissues must be extracted from creatures still alive and with a beating heart. Given the importance of the matter and the denunciations of Catholic scientists, the omission of an integral element of the production of the ναccιnє in an official pronouncement confirms, in the most generous hypothesis, a scandalous incompetence, and in the most realistic one, the deliberate will to pass off as morally acceptable ναccιnєs produced thanks to induced abortions. This kind of human sacrifice in its most blatant and bloody form is considered by a dicastery of the Holy See as something unimportant, all in the name of the new health religion that Bergoglio so ardently promotes.

I agree with you regarding the omission of assessments of the genetic manipulation caused by some ναccιnєs that act at the cellular level for purposes that pharmaceutical companies dare not confess, which has been denounced by scientists and whose long-term consequences are still unknown. But the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith scrupulously avoids pronouncing on the morality of experimenting on human beings, an experimentation admitted by the producers of the ναccιnєs themselves, who refuse to provide the data of such massive experimentation until several years from now, when it will be known whether the drug is effective and at the price of what permanent side effects. In the same way that Doctrine of Faith says nothing about the morality of shamefully speculating on a product that is presented as the only defense against a flu virus that has not yet been isolated but only barely sequenced. If the virus is not isolated, it is scientifically impossible to produce the antigens of the ναccιnє, which makes this whole CÖVÌD operation manifest, for those who are not blinded by prejudice or bad faith, in all its criminal falsehood and intrinsic immorality. Falsehood that not only confirms the almost religious enthusiasm with which the saving function of the supposed ναccιnє is presented, but also in the stubborn refusal of the international health authorities to recognize the validity, effectiveness and reduced cost of existing cures such as hyperimmune plasma of hydroxychloroquine and invermectin and the ingestion of vitamins C and D to increase defenses and cure quickly at the first symptoms. Let us not forget that if there are elderly people or people with low defenses who have died of CÖVÌD, it is because the WHO has ordered general practitioners not to treat the symptoms, indicating for patients with complications a totally inadequate and harmful hospital treatment. The Holy See is also silent on this matter, an obvious accomplice in a cօռspιʀαcʏ against God and man.

Let us return to the subject of authority. You write: "Therefore, whoever finds himself before persons invested with authority by Jesus who manifestly behave contrary to what He commanded, is in a position to ask himself whether or not he can obey his superior, since in such a terrible situation he sees that the one who exercises authority in the name of the Lord is manifestly opposed to what He commanded". The answer is given by Catholic doctrine, which sets very clear limits to the authority of prelates and the supreme authority of the Pope. In this case, I would say that it is obvious that the Holy See lacks the competence to express evaluations that by the way in which they are exposed and analyzed and the obvious omissions in which they incur exceed the limits set by the Magisterium. If we look at it carefully, the problem is logical and philosophical rather than theological or moral, because the terms of the question are incomplete and erroneous, with the result that the solution will be incomplete and erroneous.

This does not detract in any way from the seriousness of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but at the same time, precisely because it exceeds the limits proper to ecclesiastical authority, it confirms the general principle of doctrine, and with it also the infallibility that the Lord guarantees to his Vicar when he wishes to teach a truth concerning Faith or Morals as Supreme Pastor of the Church. If there is no truth to be taught; if that truth has nothing to do with Faith and Morals; if the one who promulgates that teaching does not intend to do so with apostolic authority; if the intention to transmit that doctrine to the faithful as truth to be believed and held is not explicit, the assistance of the Paraclete is not guaranteed. In that case the promulgating authority can - and in some cases must - be disregarded. Thus, the faithful can resist the illegitimate exercise of a legitimate authority, or the illegitimate exercise of an illegitimate authority.

Therefore, I do not agree with you when you say: "If such an authority falls into infidelity, only God can intervene. Also because before an inferior authority it is more difficult to have recourse to obtain justice". The Lord can intervene positively in the course of events by prodigiously manifesting his will, or by limiting himself to shortening the days of the wicked. Now, the unfaithfulness of one who is constituted in authority, even if he cannot be judged by his subjects, is not for that reason any less culpable, nor can he demand that illegitimate or immoral orders be obeyed. The effect it has on his subjects is one thing, and the judgment on his actions is another; and the punishment it may merit is another thing as well. Thus, although it is not for subjects to put the pope to death for heresy (despite the fact that St. Thomas Aquinas considers the death penalty appropriate for the crime of corrupting the Faith), we may recognize a pontiff as a heretic, and as such deny him in specific cases the obedience that would otherwise be due to him. We do not judge him because we have no authority to do so; we recognize who he is while we wait for Providence to raise up one who can pronounce definitively and authoritatively.

Therefore, when you assert that "the subjects of the evil one have no authority to rebel and remove him," it is necessary to distinguish first of all what kind of authority is in question, and secondly what is the order given and what harm would result from eventual obedience. St. Thomas considers it morally licit in certain cases to resist the tyrant and tyrannicide, just as it is licit and obligatory to disobey the authority of prelates who abuse their authority contrary to its intrinsic end.

In his letter, he says that the rêbêllïon is marked by the stamp of communist ideology. But the ʀɛʋօʟutιօn, one of whose expressions is ƈσmmυɳιsm, aims to remove sovereigns not because they may be corrupt or tyrannical, but because they are hierarchically integrated into an essentially Catholic order, and therefore antithetical to Marxism.

If it were not allowed to confront the tyrant, the Cristeros who took up arms against the Masonic dictator who persecuted his Mexican subjects by abusing his authority would have sinned. The Vandeans and the Italian Sanfedistas and insurgents, victims of a ʀɛʋօʟutιօnary, corrupt and corrupting power, before which rêbêllïon was not only licit, but even obligatory, would also have sinned. All Catholics who throughout history have had to rebel against their prelates have also been victims of established authority: for example, the faithful in England who had to confront their bishops who had become heretics with the Anglican schism, or those in Germany who were forced to refuse obedience to prelates who had embraced the Lutheran heresy. The authority of those pastors who had been transformed into wolves was null in fact, because it was oriented to the destruction of the Faith instead of defending it, opposed to the Pope instead of in communion with him. Rightly, you add: "In that case, the poor faithful are stupefied to see their pastors shamelessly stain themselves with such crimes. How can one follow in the name of Jesus those who do what Jesus does not want?" And yet, shortly after, I read that you say: "Whoever denies the authority of his superior, in reality denies the authority that constituted him. Whoever remains subject to the authority of the ministers constituted by the authority of Jesus Christ, even if he does not become an accomplice of their errors, obeys the authority of Jesus, who constituted him." What he says is clearly erroneous, because by indissolubly linking the primary and original authority of God to the derivative and vicarious authority of the person, he establishes a kind of indefectible bond, a bond that is undone the moment the one who exercises authority in the name of God perverts that authority in practice and thereby reverses its purpose. I would add that precisely because God's authority is to be honored above all else, it cannot be flouted by obeying one who by his very nature is subject to the same divine authority. This is why St. Peter (Acts 5:29) exhorts us to obey God rather than men. Earthly authority, whether temporal or spiritual, is always subject to the authority of God. It is unthinkable that, for a reason that almost seems to have been dictated by a bureaucrat, the Lord would have wanted to leave his Church at the mercy of tyrants who put their procedural legitimacy before the object for which he commanded them to feed his flock.

It is true that the solution of disobedience seems more applicable to the prelates than to the Pope, since the former can be judged and deposed by the Supreme Pontiff, while the latter cannot be deposed by anyone in this world. But if it is humanly incredible and painful to have to recognize that a pope can be bad, one cannot deny the evidence, nor is there an obligation to resign oneself passively to the abuses of authority that he exercises in the name of God but against Him. And since no one would want to storm the sacred palaces to expel their unworthy tenant, there are nevertheless legitimate and proportionate ways of exercising genuine opposition, including pressuring him to resign from office. Precisely in order to defend the Papacy and the sacred authority that the pontiff receives from the Eternal High Priest, it is necessary to remove from office those who humiliate, undermine and abuse it. I would venture to add that also the arbitrary renunciation of the exercise of the sacred authority of the Roman Pontiff is a most serious offense to the Papacy, and for this we should consider Benedict XVI more guilty than Bergoglio.

Further on, you speak of what the prelate who tyrannically abuses his own authority should think: "A minister of God [...] must first of all deny his own authority as an apostle, as one sent by Jesus. Recognize that he does not want to follow the Lord, and abandon him. Thus, the problem would be solved". Dear priest, you pretend that the wicked person behaves like an honest and God-fearing person, when precisely because he is wicked he abuses without the least coherence and without the least scruple an authority that he knows very well has been conferred on him to demolish it. Because in the very essence of tyranny, as a perversion of the just and good authority that it is, is not only to perform in a perverse way, but also to want to discredit and reject the authority of which it is a grotesque counterfeit. The horrors committed by Bergoglio in recent years are not only a scandalous abuse of papal authority, but have as an immєdιαte consequence the scandal of the good, because it makes the Papacy itself unpopular and hateful with this parody of the Papacy, thus irreparably damaging the image and prestige that the Church enjoyed until now, already afflicted for decades of modernist ideology.

You write: "It is not lawful for anyone to obey unjust, evil or illegitimate orders, nor to do any evil under the pretext of obedience. But neither is it lawful for anyone to deny the authority of the Pope because he exercises it in an evil way and to leave the Church founded by Jesus Christ on the rock of St. Peter the Apostle". In this case, in the phrase "deny authority" a distinction would have to be made between denying that Bergoglio, in a particular order he gives to the faithful, exercises his pontifical authority, and denying that he, in a particular order he gives to the faithful, has the right to be obeyed when such an order conflicts with the authority of the Pope. No one would obey Bergoglio if he were speaking in a personal capacity or working in the land registry, but the mere fact that being the Pope he teaches heterodox doctrines or scandalizes the simple with provocative statements aggravates his guilt in the extreme, because whoever hears him believes he hears the voice of the Good Shepherd. The moral responsibility of the one who commands is immeasurably greater than that of the subject who has to decide whether to obey him or not. The Lord will call him to account with uncompromising rigor for the consequences for his subjects of the good or evil done by his superior, and also for good and bad example.

It is precisely in order to defend hierarchical communion with the Roman Pontiff that it becomes necessary to disobey him, to denounce his errors and to ask him to resign. And to ask God to take him with Him as soon as possible, if this can result in good for the Church.

The deception, the colossal deception about which I have written on several occasions, consists in forcing the good ones - let us call them so for the sake of brevity - to remain prisoners of rules and laws that the bad ones use in fɾαυdem legis . It is as if they had understood that in our weakness, that is to say that even with all our defects, we are religiously and socially oriented to respect the law, to obey authority, to keep our word and to have an honest and loyal conduct. This virtuous weakness guarantees them our obedience, submission, maximum respectful resistance and prudent disobedience. They know that we - whom they consider poor idiots - see in them the authority of Christ, and we look to it in order to obey, even if we know that such an action, morally irrelevant, points in a very concrete direction. Thus they have imposed on us the reformed Mass, thus they have accustomed us to hear the suras of the Koran recited from the pulpits of our cathedrals and to see them transformed into dining rooms or bedrooms. All the decisions taken by authority since the Council have been possible precisely because we obeyed our sacred shepherds, and although some of their decisions seemed aberrant to us, we could not believe that they were deceiving us; and perhaps they themselves, in turn, did not realize that the orders they were giving us had an iniquitous objective. Today, if we follow the thread that links the abolition of the minor orders to the invention of the acolytes and deaconesses, we understand that whoever reformed Holy Week in the time of Pius XII was already aiming at the Novus Ordo and its atrocious present-day variants. Paul VI's embrace of Patriarch Athenagoras gave us hope for true ecumenism, because we had not understood - as some had already denounced - that this gesture was preparing the polytheism of Assisi, the indecent idol of Pachamama and, soon, the coven of Astana.

None of us want to understand that it is enough not to support this impasse for it to be broken. We must refuse to duel with an adversary who dictates the rules to which we must only submit, giving himself the freedom to break them. Let us pay no attention to him. Our obedience has nothing to do with cowardly servility or insubordination; on the contrary, it allows us to suspend all judgment on who is or is not pope and to continue to behave like good Catholics even if the pope despises, insults or excommunicates us. Because the paradox is not in the disobedience of the good to the authority of the Pope, but in the absurdity of having to disobey a person who is at the same time pope and heresiarch, Athanasius and Arius, de iure light and de facto darkness. The paradox is that in order to remain in communion with the Apostolic See we have to separate ourselves from the one who should represent it and see ourselves bureaucratically excommunicated by the one who is in an objective state of schism with himself. The evangelical precept of not judging is not to be understood in the sense of abstaining from making a moral judgment, but of condemning the person; otherwise we would be incapable of moral acts. It is true that it is not up to one to separate the wheat from the tares, but no one should call the wheat the tares or the wheat the tares. And he who has received holy orders, and even more so if he is in the fullness of the priesthood, has not only the right but the duty to point out the sowers of tares, the rapacious wolves and the false prophets. For even in such cases, in addition to participating in the priesthood of Christ, one also participates in his royal authority.

What is not remembered neither in the political and social sphere nor in the ecclesiastical one is that our initial acceptance of an alleged right of our adversary to do evil, based on an erroneous concept of freedom (moral, doctrinal and religious) is turning into a forced tolerance of the good while sin and vice become the norm. What yesterday was admitted as a gesture of tolerance today claims full legitimacy, and confines us to the margins of society as a minority on the verge of extinction. Soon, and in coherence with the anti-Christian ideology that directs this inexorable transformation of values and principles, virtue will be prohibited and those who practice it will be condemned in the name of an intolerance of the Good, who will be singled out as divisive, fundamentalist and fanatical. Our tolerance towards those who today become promoters of the demands of the nєω ωσrℓ∂ σr∂єr and its assimilation by the ecclesial body will lead irremєdιαbly to the establishment of the kingdom of the Antichrist, in which faithful Catholics will be persecuted as public enemies, just as in Christian times heretics were considered public enemies. In short, the enemy has plagiarized, disrupted and perverted the system of protection of society implemented by the Church in Catholic countries.

I believe, dear Father, that we will have to accept your observations on the crisis of authority, at least judging by the speed with which Bergoglio and his court are striking blows at the Church. For my part, I pray that the Lord will bring to light the hitherto hidden truth and allow us to recognize the Vicar of Christ on Earth not so much by his vestments as by the words he speaks and the example of his works.

Receive my blessing, as I confidently entrust myself to your prayers.

+Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop
31 January 2021
Dominica in Septuagésima