“For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in travail… They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in graven images, who say to molten images, ‘You are our gods.’” — Isaiah, 42:14 and 17
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today published a brief but dramatic essay entitled “An Act of Accusation against Pope Francis and of Love for the Church” in which he sharply criticizes some of the recent statements of Pope Francis in regard to the Virgin Mary, and then condemns the “ambiguous” and “modernist” teachings of the present pontiff (the full text in English is expected later today from LifeSiteNews).
The essay seems clearly in part a response to remarks Pope Francis made about Mary on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
(I note here an interesting report on the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Abyssum website of retired Bishop Rene Henry Gracida of San Antonio, Texas, USA, who is now 95 years old: link. The information at this web site will take an hour or more to digest, so don’t click through if you do not want to take an hour learning about Our Lady of Guadalupe…)
In other words, Viganò felt impelled to write this essay by his own “Marian” devotion, feeling that Pope Francis a few days ago had somehow slighted the Blessed Virgin, somehow offered an offense to her great dignity, in remarks the Pope made in St. Peter’s Basilica on December 12.
Read the rest at Inside the Vatican