Vatican expenses pope critic Carlo Maria Viganò with the crime of schism | EUROtoday

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ROME — He has referred to as Pope Francis a liberal “servant of Satan” and as soon as urged the Vatican’s Swiss Guards arrest the 87-year-old pontiff. Now, after receiving years of withering verbal assaults, Francis seems to have struck again towards Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the previous Vatican ambassador to the United States and the pope’s most ardent inner critic.

The Vatican’s disciplinary physique, the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a proper decree, made public by Viganò on Thursday, assigning the senior cleric to a penal canon trial. The expenses: the “crime of schism” and “denial of the legitimacy of Pope Francis.”

Such trials are exceedingly uncommon, and the transfer underscores a current effort by the Vatican to take extra formal motion towards a gaggle of archconservatives who’ve sought to undermine Francis’s papacy from the within. Conviction might result in Viganò’s defrocking and excommunication, ending the lengthy profession of the 83-year-old Italian cleric who has emerged because the main image of a traditionalist resistance to a papacy perceived by him as wildly liberal.

Viganò, a diminutive firebrand who delivers stinging missives on X and the conservative U.S. outlet LifeSiteNews, mentioned in an announcement that he noticed the “accusations against me as an honor.” In his feedback, Viganò — who has vowed to create a seminary freed from Vatican interference — referred to Francis as he all the time does, eschewing his official title and utilizing his title earlier than he was pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

“It is no coincidence that the accusation against me concerns the questioning of the legitimacy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and … the ideological, theological, moral, and liturgical cancer of which the Bergoglian “synodal church” is the required metastasis,” Viganò wrote.