ROME — Italian Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican’s former papal nuncio to the United States, in a 10,000-plus-word essay published Monday, accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of responding to a “reform” agenda and to use his presidency to promote “LGBTQ ideology.”
Vigano also took the Ukrainian leader to task alleging that Zelensky was enacting policies to enact, including gender equality, abortion and green economy. The prelate then listed the acceptance of LGBTQ people as one of the main causes of Russia’s invasion, as well as rhetoric echoing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justifications for attacking Ukraine.
Archbishop writes Ukrainian president was a mediocre actor and comedian who rose to power blaming ‘deep state’ forces in the US, EU and NATO for unleashing the current war and to demonize Russia.
Vigano claims that “neo-Nazi movements engaged in military and paramilitary actions operate freely in Ukraine, often with the official support of state institutions”. It echoes the lies of the Russian president who invoked World War II to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying in televised remarks last week that his offensive was aimed at ‘denazifying’ the country – whose president democratically elected is Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust. , reported NPR.
“The purpose of this operation is to protect people who for eight years have faced humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the kyiv regime,” Russian President Putin said, according to an English translation by the Russian mission. in Geneva. “To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to justice those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.
The archbishop’s essay organizing a defense of Russia’s invasion followed Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin ally, who repeated a longstanding claim that the West wants to impose the practice of holding gay pride parades as a test of loyalty. to its values, including the acceptance of homosexuality. The war in Ukraine, he said in his sermon on Sunday, is the result of the refusal of the eastern regions to acquiesce.
“If mankind accepts that sin is not a violation of God’s law, if mankind accepts that sin is a variation of human behavior, then human civilization will end there,” Kirill said during of the pre-Lenten celebration known as Forgiveness Sunday.
Viganò’s letter paints the Ukrainian leader as an EU puppet;
“Zelensky’s image is an artificial product, a media fiction, an operation to manipulate the consensus which nevertheless was able to create a political figure in the Ukrainian collective imagination and which in reality, and not in fiction, was able to take the power,” the Archbishop wrote about the Ukrainian president.
Vigano was forced to resign after arranging Pope Francis’ controversial 2015 meeting with Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue police licenses. homosexual marriage.
A New York Times article reported the backstory to some of the Vatican’s later dramas after the pope was told the true nature of Kim Davis and the meeting.
Newspaper reports suggest that the rift between Francis and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who wrote an explosive accusatory letter about Francis’ knowledge of the abuse, could have been exacerbated by Viganò arranging a meeting between Francis and Davis during his 2015 trip to the United States.
The invitation “directly challenged Francis’ inclusive message and sparked a controversy that nearly overshadowed the trip,” The Times reported. An abuse survivor who had spoken to Francis at length told the newspaper that Francis told him that Viganò almost sabotaged the trip.
“I didn’t know who this woman was, and he introduced her to say hello to me — and of course they gave it all the publicity,” Juan Carlos Cruz said, according to The New York Times.
“And I was horrified and fired that nuncio,” Francis said, according to the Times article.
In July 2020, Bishop Viganò accused Pope Francis of heresy for promoting the “legitimization of homosexuality”.
Newsweek magazine reported: “Vigano is well known for his anti-gay views and has previously called on the pope to step down. In a recent interview with Italian journalist and Vatican expert Marco Tosatti, Vigano insisted that Pope Francis, whom he refers to as Jorge Bergoglio, is involved in a plot to “corrupt” the church by promoting homosexuality”.
“For Bergoglio and his entourage, sodomy is not a sin that cries out for vengeance before God, as the Catechism teaches,” Vigano said. “Bergoglio’s words on this subject – and even more the deeds and words of those around him – unfortunately confirm that an operation to legitimize homosexuality is currently underway.”
“Let us not forget that legitimizing homosexuality is part of the New World Order agenda – to which the Bergoglian Church openly and unconditionally adheres,” he later added. “Not only for its destabilizing value in the social body, but also because sodomy is the principal instrument with which the Enemy intends to destroy the Catholic priesthood, corrupting the souls of the ministers of God.”