Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: Mary’s Immaculate Heart Will Triumph — But the Faithful Must Form a “Common Front” against “Il Maligno” (“The Evil One”)
By Robert Moynihan
For a long time I have held my peace,
I have kept still and restrained
now I will cry out like a woman in
They shall be turned back and utterly
put to shame,
who trust in graven images,
who say to molten images,
“You are our gods.”
—The Prophet Isaiah, 42:14 and 17
The words above are part of a longer passage from the Prophet Isaiah, 42:5-17, cited by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 78, at the outset of a new essay entitled “Mary Immaculate Virgin Mother, Arrayed as for Battle, Pray For Us,” published in Italy on December 19 on the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana.
The Corrispondenza Romana site is directed by Italian Catholic historian Dr. Roberto de Mattei, who has been in contact with Viganò in recent weeks. The text was also published in a slightly condensed form on the website of Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, Stilum Curiae.
Then, American journalist Diane Montagna—author of a recent interesting book-length interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider — published an English-language summary of Viganò’s essay on the LifeSiteNews website, promising a complete English translation later.
Viganò on Francis and Mary
Archbishop Viganò’s brief but dramatic essay of December 19 sharply criticizes some of the recent statements of Pope Francis in regard to the Virgin Mary, but then goes further to fault a number of what he characterizes as the “ambiguous” and “modernist” teachings of the present pontiff.
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.
In other words, Viganò felt impelled by his own Marian devotion to write this essay, suggesting that Pope Francis, a few days earlier, 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.
Here are excerpts from a December 13 Crux article on what Francis said on December 12:
Pope calls idea of declaring Mary Co-redemptrix “foolishness”
By Inés San Martín
Dec 13, 2019 ROME BUREAU CHIEF
ROME — Pope Francis appeared to flatly reject proposals in some theological circles to add “co-redemptrix” to the list of titles of the Virgin Mary [Note: meaning that, through her purity, her sinlessness, her suffering, Mary — whose purity and sinlessness were admittedly protected and preserved through the merit and saving grace of her Son, the sole, unique Savior of the world, Jesus — did nevertheless also contribute in a mysterious but real way to His redeeming work, hence merits the title of “co-redemptrix”] saying the mother of Jesus never took anything that belonged to her son and calling the invention of new titles and dogmas “foolishness.”
“She never wanted for herself something that was of her son,” Francis said. “She never introduced herself as co-redemptrix. No. Disciple,” he said, meaning that Mary saw herself as a disciple of Jesus. “Mary woman, Mary mother, without any other essential title,” Francis insisted. (…)
Mary is Woman, Mother, Disciple… But Not “Co-Redemptrix,” Says Pope
Excerpted from an article by Dr. Mark Miravalle, PhD, St, John Paul II Chair of Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville
The actual words of Pope Francis, transcribed from the video of his December 12 non-scripted extemporaneous homily in Spanish, are as follows:
“Faithful to her Master, who is her Son, the unique Redeemer, she never wanted to take anything away from her Son. She never introduced herself as ‘co-redemptrix.’ No. ‘Disciple.’” (Fiel a su Maestro, que es su Hijo, el único Redentor, jamás quiso para si tomar algo de su Hijo. Jamás se present como coredentora. No. Discipula).
Later during his spontaneous homily, the Holy Father also referred to the general topic of declarations and dogmas by stating: “When they come to us with stories about having to declare this, or make this or that other dogma, let’s not get lost in foolishness. Mary is woman, she is Our Lady, Mary is the Mother of her Son and of the Holy Mother hierarchical Church …”(Cuando nos vengan con historias de que había que declararla esto, o hacer este otro dogma o esto, no nos perdamos en tonteras: María es mujer, es Nuestra Señora, María es Madre de su Hijo y de la Santa Madre Iglesia jerárquica…).
While it is certainly true that a desire for a formal definition of a Marian truth could theoretically distract from the central truth that Mary is “Our Lady” and the Mother of the Church, fortunately in this particular case, it is precisely the central truth of Mary being the Spiritual Mother of the Church and of all peoples that would be the very subject and focus of this proposed fifth Marian dogma.
Of all creatures, Mary alone can say of the Divine Redeemer of the universe that he is “bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh.” And as the Second Vatican Council teaches, Mary alone, as the New Eve with the New Adam,“lovingly consented to the immolation of this victim born of her” for the world’s redemption (Lumen Gentium, 58)…
In quite strong language, Viganò responded to Pope Francis (the translations from the original Italian are my own and unofficial):
“On the occasion of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe,” he writes, Pope Francis “once again gave vent to his evident impatience with Mary, which evokes the impatience of the Serpent in the story of the Fall, in that Proto-Gospel that prophesied the radical enmity established by God between the Woman and the Serpent, and the declared hostility of the latter who, until the consummation of the world, will try to undermine the heel of the Woman and to triumph over her and her posterity. What the pontiff said is manifest aggression toward the sublime prerogatives and attributes that make the Immaculate Ever-Virgin Mother of God the feminine complement to the mystery of the incarnate Word, intimately associated with Him in the Economy of Redemption.”
Viganò continued: “With a couple of jokes, he [Pope Francis] struck at the heart of the Marian dogmas, and of the Christological dogmas connected to it.”
And he added: “The Marian dogmas are the seal affixed to the Catholic truths of our faith, defined in the Councils of Nicaea, Ephesus, and Chalcedon; they are the unbreakable bulwark against the Christological heresies and against the furious unleashing of the Gates of Hell.
“Those who ‘hybridize’ and profane them [that is, these Marian dogmas] show that they are on the side of the Enemy. “Attacking Mary is attacking Christ himself. Attacking the Mother is rising up against the Son and rebelling against the very mystery of the Holy Trinity.
“The Immaculate Theotokos, ‘terrible as hosts and unfolded banners’— acies ordinata (‘terrible as an army drawn up in battle array,’ Song of Songs 6:9) — will give battle to save the Church and will destroy the army of the Enemy who, released from the chains that held him, has declared war on her, and with his defeat, all the demonic pachamamas will return definitively to hell.”
The toughness of this language reflects a new attitude on Viganò’s part toward the situation of the Church.
In this text, we are moving far beyond a retired Vatican official who is focusing on the coverup of sexual abuse in the hierarchy — ugly and tragic as that type of coverup may be.
In this text, we find now a retired Vatican official speaking in apocalyptic terms of the loss of the Catholic faith itself — of final apostasy… beginning with the loss of due respect for the dignity of the Mother of God, Mary.
And this, just before Christmas, when we celebrate that birth that changed the universe, that reconciled mankind and God.
Viganò makes specific points, then his essay rises to a high point in his general conclusion.
He faults Pope Francis for not leading the Rosary with the faithful, “who filled the courtyard of San Damaso and the upper loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica during the time of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.”
And he faults him for “the enthronement of that Amazonian idol on the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter’s” (at the end of the Synod on the Amazon Region in October). That moment was “nothing less than a declaration of war on the Lady and Patroness of all the Americas, who with her appearance to Juan Diego destroyed the demonic idols and conquered the IndiansforChrist and for the adoration of the ‘Most True and Only God,’ thanks to her maternal mediation.”
And he sums up: “And this is not a legend!”
Then the archbishop turns to the Church’s worship, her liturgy — the source and summit of Her spiritual life.
Viganò continues: “A few weeks after the events at the end of the Synod that signaled the investiture of Pachamama at the heart of Catholicism, we learned that the Conciliar disaster of the Novus Ordo Missae [“the New Order (rite) of the Mass”] is undergoing further modernizations, including the introduction of the word “Rugiada” [the “dew-fall”] in the Eucharistic Canon instead of the mention of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Most Holy Trinity.
“This is a further step in the direction of regression towards naturalization and the immanentization of Catholic worship, towards a Novissimus Ordo that is pantheistic and idolatrous.”
In writing this, Viganò is suggesting that, by making a number of small changes in the liturgy, some Church leaders are even now preparing to alter the liturgy in profound ways in the near future.
Viganò then suggests that, when the Pachamama images were tossed into the Tiber River (on October 21), they were not really recovered from the Tiber by Rome’s police, because there is no videotape of the recovery.
“The fact that such a spectacular operation did not catch the attention of some passer-by, equipped with a mobile phone to film and then relaunch the scoop on social networks, is also quite incredible,” he adds. The suggestion is that the images that were presented as recovered were other copies of the same images, not the actual ones tossed into the river.
Then the retired archbishop writes: “Thus, over the past few decades, the Mystical Body [of Christ, that is, the Church] has been slowly drained of its lifeblood [i.e., the truths of the faith] through an unstoppable hemorrhage: the sacred Deposit of the Faith has been gradually reduced to ruins, the Dogmas distorted, the Liturgy secularized and bit by bit profaned, the Moral Teaching sabotaged, the Priesthood reviled, the Eucharistic Sacrifice Protestantized and transformed into a Banquet meal…
“Now… the people of God grope, illiterate and robbed of their Faith, in the darkness of chaos and division. In recent decades, the enemies of God have progressively burned two thousand years of Tradition.”
The retired archbishop’s meaning is clear: the time for temporizing is over; the time for a confrontation, he says, has arrived.
Viganò then says Pope Francis has done something that Modernists do, “affirming what one wants to destroy, using vague and imprecise terms, promoting error without ever clearly formulating it.
“This is exactly what Pope Bergoglio does, with his dissolving amorphism of the Mysteries of the Faith, with the doctrinal approximation that is proper to him, through which he ‘hybridizes’ and demolishes the holiest dogmas, as he did with the Marian ones of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God.” And here is his conclusion: “The result of this abuse is what we now have under our eyes: a Catholic Church that is no longer Catholic; a container emptied of its authentic content.”
And so, the archbishop says, it is time, finally, to act.
And that action, Viganò says, begins by clinging to the Church, remaining in the Church, not leaving… and by praying.
“Now it’s our turn,” he writes.
“Without misunderstanding, without letting ourselves be driven away by this Church of which we are legitimate children and in which we have the sacrosanct right to feel at home, without the hateful horde of the enemies of Christ making us feel marginalized, schismatic and excommunicated.
“Now it’s up to us! The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — Coredemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces — passes by way of her ‘little ones’…
“St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort asked himself: ‘But when will this triumph occur? God alone knows it.’
“Our task is to watch and pray as ardently recommended by St.Catherine of Siena:‘Alas! I die and I can’t die. Do not sleep in negligence anymore; use what is possible in the present time. Comfort yourself in Christ Jesus’ sweet love. Drown yourself in the Blood of Christ crucified, place yourself on the cross with the crucified Christ, hide in the wounds of the crucified Christ, bathe in the blood of the crucified Christ’ (Letter 16).”
Viganò concludes: “The Church is shrouded in the darkness of modernism, but victory belongs to Our Lord and to his Bride [the Church].
“We want to continue to profess the perennial faith of the Church in the face of the roar of Evil that besieges Her.
“We want to watch with Her and with Jesus, in this new Gethsemane of the end of all times — to pray and to do penance in reparation for the many offenses inflicted on the Church and on Our Lord.”
“Her Heel Will Crush His Head”
The Text of Archbishop Viganò’s December 19 Letter
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread forth the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it,
and spirit to those who walk in it…
“I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I have given to no other,
nor my praise to graven images…
The Lord goes forth like a mighty man,
Like a man of war he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
he shows himself mighty against his foes.
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,
I will gasp and pant.
I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
And dry up the pools…
They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame,
who trust in graven images,
who say to molten images,
“You are our gods.”
Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler, and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
in whose ways they would not walk,
and whose law they would not obey?
So he poured upon him the heat of his anger
and the might of battle;
it set him on fire round about, but he did not understand;
it burned him, but he did not take it to heart.
Mary Immaculate Virgin Mother, Acies Ordinata, Ora Pro Nobis
“Is there in the heart of the Virgin Mary anything other than the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ? We too want to have only one name in our hearts: that of Jesus, like the Most Blessed Virgin.”
The tragic story of this failed pontificate advances with a pressing succession of twists and turns. Not a day passes: from the most exalted throne the Supreme Pontiff proceeds to dismantle the See of Peter, using and abusing its supreme authority, not to confess but to deny; not to confirm but to mislead; not to unite but to divide; not to build but to demolish.
Material heresies, formal heresies, idolatry, superficiality of every kind: the Supreme Pontiff Bergoglio never ceases stubbornly to humiliate the highest authority of the Church, “demythologizing” the papacy — as perhaps his illustrious comrade Karl Rahner would say.
His action seeks to violate the Sacred Deposit of Faith and to disfigure the Catholic Face of the Bride of Christ by word and action, through duplicity and lies, through those theatrical gestures of his that flaunt spontaneity but are meticulously conceived and planned, and through which he exalts himself in a continuous narcissistic self-celebration, while the figure of the Roman Pontiff is humiliated and the Sweet Christ on earth is obscured.
His action makes use of magisterial improvisation, of that off-the-cuff and fluid magisterium that is as insidious as quicksand, not only flying at high altitude at the mercy of journalists from all over the world, in those ethereal spaces that can highlight a pathological delirium of illusory omnipotence, but also at the most solemn religious ceremony that ought to incite holy trembling and reverent respect.
On the occasion of the liturgical memorial of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Pope Bergoglio once again gave vent to his evident Marian intolerance, recalling that of the Serpent in the account of the Fall, in that Proto-Gospel which prophesizes the radical enmity placed by God between the Woman and the Serpent, and the declared hostility of the latter, who until the consummation of time will seek to undermine the Woman’s heel and to triumph over her and her posterity.
The Pontiff’s intolerance is a manifest aggression against the prerogatives and sublime attributes that make the Immaculate Ever-Virgin Mother of God the feminine complement to the mystery of the Incarnate Word, intimately associated with Him in the Economy of Redemption.
After having downgraded her to the “next-door neighbor” or a runaway migrant, or a simple laywoman with the defects and crises of any woman marked by sin, or a disciple who obviously has nothing to teach us; after having trivialized and desacralized her, like those feminists who are gaining ground in Germany with their “Mary 2.0” movement which seeks to modernize Our Lady and make her a simulacrum in their image and likeness, Pope Bergoglio has further impugned the August Queen and Immaculate Mother of God, who “became mestiza with humanity… and made God mestizo.”
With a couple of jokes, he struck at the heart of the Marian dogma and the Christological dogma connected to it.
The Marian dogmas are the seal placed on the Catholic truths of our faith, defined at the Councils of Nicaea, Ephesus and Chalcedon; they are the unbreakable bulwark against Christological heresies and against the furious unleashing of the Gates of Hell.
Those who “mestizo” and profane them show that they are on the side of the Enemy. To attack Mary is to venture against Christ himself; to attack the Mother is to rise up against her Son and to rebel against the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.
The Immaculate Theotokos, “terrible as an army with banners” (Canticle 6:10) — acies ordinanata — will do battle to save the Church and destroy the Enemy’s unfettered army that has declared war on her, and with him all the demonic pachamamas will definitively return to hell.
Pope Bergoglio no longer seems to contain his impatience with the Immaculate, nor can he conceal it under that seeming and ostentatious devotion which is always in the spotlight of the cameras, while deserts the solemn celebration of the Assumption and the recitation of the Rosary with the faithful, who filled the courtyard of St. Damascene and the upper loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica under St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Papa Bergoglio uses the pachamama to rout the Guadalupana. The enthronement of that Amazonian idol, even at the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter’s Basilica, was nothing less than a declaration of war on the Lady and Patroness of all the Americas, who with her apparition to Juan Diego destroyed the demonic idols and won the indigenous peoples for Christ and the adoration of the “Most True and Only God,” through her maternal mediation. And this is not a legend!
A few weeks after the conclusion of the synodal event, which marked the investiture of pachamama in the heart of Catholicity, we learned that the conciliar disaster of the Novus Ordo Missae is undergoing further modernization, including the introduction of “dew” in the Eucharistic Canon instead of the mention of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity.
This is a further step in the direction of regression towards the naturalization and immanentization of Catholic worship, towards a pantheistic and idolatrous Novissimus Ordo. The “dew,” an entity present in the “theological place” of the Amazonian tropics — as we learned from the synodal fathers — becomes the new immanent principle of fertilization of the Earth, which “transubstantiates” it into a pantheistically connected Whole to which men are assimilated and subjugated, to the glory of Pachamama. And here we are plunged back into the darkness of a new globalist and eco-tribal paganism, with its demons and perversions. From this latest liturgical upheaval, divine Revelation decays from fullness to archaism; from the hypostatic identity of the Holy Spirit, we slide towards the symbolic and metaphorical evanescence proper to dew which Masonic gnosis has long made its own.
But let us return for a moment to the idolatrous statues of rare ugliness, and to Pope Bergoglio’s declaration the day after their removal from the church in Traspontina and their drowning in the Tiber. Once again, the Pope’s words have the scent of a colossal lie: he made us believe that the statuettes were promptly exhumed from the filthy waters thanks to the intervention of the carabinieri [Italian police]. One wonders why a crew from Vatican News coordinated by Tornielli and Spadaro of Civiltà Cattolica, with reporters and cameramen from the court press, did not come to film the prowess of the divers and capture the rescue of the pachamamas. It is also unlikely that such a spectacular feat did not capture the attention of a few passersby, equipped with a mobile phone to film and then launch the scoop on social media. We are tempted to pose the question to the person who made that statement. Certainly, this time too, he would answer us with his eloquent silence.
For more than six years now we have been poisoned by a false magisterium, a sort of extreme synthesis of all the conciliar misconceptions and post-conciliar errors that have been relentlessly propagated, without most of us noticing. Yes, because the Second Vatican Council opened not only Pandora’s Box but also Overton’sWindow, and so gradually that we did not realize the upheavals that had been carried out, the real nature of the reforms and their dramatic consequences, nor did we suspect who was really at the helm of that gigantic subversive operation, which the modernist Cardinal Suenens called “the 1789 of the Catholic Church.”
Thus, over these last decades, the Mystical Body has been slowly drained of its lifeblood through unstoppable bleeding: the Sacred Deposit of Faith has gradually been squandered, dogmas denatured, worship secularized and gradually profaned, morality sabotaged, the priesthood vilified, the Eucharistic Sacrifice protestantized and transformed into a convivial Banquet…
Now the Church is lifeless, covered with metastases, and devastated. The people of God are groping, illiterate, and robbed of their Faith, in the darkness of chaos and division. In these last decades, the enemies of God have progressively made scorched earth of two thousand years of Tradition. With unprecedented acceleration, thanks to the subversive drive of this pontificate, supported by the powerful Jesuit apparatus, a deadly coup de grace [death blow] is being delivered to the Church.
With Pope Bergoglio — as with all modernists — it is impossible to seek clarity since the distinctive mark of the modernist heresy is dissimulation.
Masters of error and experts in the art of deception, “they strive to make what is ambiguous universally accepted, presenting it from its harmless side which will serve as a passport to introduce the toxic side that was initially kept hidden.” (Fr. Matteo Liberatore, SJ)
And so the lie, obstinately and obsessively repeated, ends up becoming “true” and accepted by the majority.
Also typically modernist is the tactic of affirming what you want to destroy, using vague and imprecise terms and promoting error without ever formulating it clearly.
This is exactly what Pope Bergoglio does, with his dissolving amorphism of the Mysteries of the Faith, with his doctrinal approximation through which he “mestizos” and demolishes the most sacred dogmas, as he did with the Marian dogmas of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God.
The result of this abuse is what we now have before our eyes: a Catholic Church that is no longer Catholic, a container emptied of its authentic content, and filled with borrowed goods.
The advent of the Antichrist is inevitable; it is part of the epilogue of the History of Salvation.But we know that it is the prerequisite for the universal triumph of Christ and His glorious Bride.
Those of us who have not let ourselves be deceived by these enemies of the Church enfeoffed in the ecclesial Body, must unite and together face off against the Evil One, who
is long defeated yet still able to harm and
cause the eternal perdition of multitudes of souls, but whose head the Blessed Virgin, our Leader, will definitively crush.
Now it is our turn.
Without equivocation, without letting ourselves be driven out of this Church whose legitimate children we are and in which we have the sacred right to feel at home, without the hateful horde of Christ’s enemies making us feel marginalized, schismatic and excommunicated.
Now it is our turn! The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — Coredemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces — passes through her “little ones,” who are certainly frail and sinners but are absolutely opposed to the members enlisted in the Enemy’s army. “Little ones” consecrated without any limit whatsoever to the Immaculate, in order to be her heel, the most humiliated and despised part, the most hated by hell, but which together with Her will crush the head of the infernal Monster.
Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort asked: “But when will this triumph take place? God knows.”
Our task is to be vigilant and pray as St. Catherine of Siena ardently recommended: “Oimè! That I die and cannot die. Sleep no longer in negligence; use what you can in the present time. Comfort yourselves in Christ Jesus, sweet love. Drown yourselves in the Blood of Christ crucified, place yourselves on the cross with Christ crucified, hide yourselves in the wounds of Christ crucified, bathe yourselves in the blood of Christ crucified” (Letter 16).
The Church is shrouded in the darkness of modernism, but the victory belongs to Our Lord and His Bride.
We desire to continue to profess the perennial faith of the Church in the face of the roaring evil that besieges her.
We desire to keep vigil with her and with Jesus, in this new Gethsemane of the end times; to pray and do penance in reparation for the many offenses caused to them.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana
Translated by Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews