The pope’s former ambassador to the United States has released a remarkable open letter to President Trump warning that the current unrest and rancor in American society today is a fight between good and evil, fueled by bad actors in government, the media, and even the church.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is an Italian who served as the apostolic nuncio – essentially the Pope’s ambassador – to the United States from 2011 to 2016 under both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
After retiring at the mandatory age of 75, Viganò has taken on an outspoken role calling out corruption in the Catholic Church, most notably in 2018 when he wrote a bombshell letter alleging that Pope Francis knew of the sexual abuse crimes committed by the defrocked ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and did nothing.
Viganò’s open letter to President Trump comes in the days after Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, made an unusual statement condemning President Trump’s visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, a museum and place of pilgrimage which honors the life of the late pope.
Gregory said, “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.”
Gregory’s statement incensed many Catholics, who noted that he had hosted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is ardently pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage in direct contradiction to Church teachings. Viganò himself had condemned Gregory as the third in a line of “false shepherds” to lead the Archdiocese of Washington, the others being McCarrick and the retired Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is accused of covering up for McCarrick and other abusive clergy.
In his letter to President Trump, Viganò says the last few months have been a battle between “the children of light and the children of darkness.” He continues that the latter “often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media,” and the good are “held hostage by the wicked.”
Viganò writes that the children of darkness “have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans.”
He says investigating the origins of the Chinese coronavirus and the response to it will reveal that “in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.”
He then says the riots and unrest that have roiled America in the last two weeks “were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population.”
The former nuncio refers to the “deep state” and coins a new term: the “deep church”, which he says is composed of a group of “mercenary infidels” which “betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God.”
He says he believes the attack on Trump for visiting the shrine was part of an “orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction.” He says that there are bishops like Gregory who are “subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought” and favor a “universal brotherhood” which wants to drive God out of Western society.
Viganò ends his letter by calling on the silent majority of Americans to “wake up from their sluggishness” and refused to be “deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes.” He advises the president to ask God to protect him from “this enormous attack of the Enemy,” and tells the president he is praying for him and for the American people.