Pope Francis is said to be a keen admirer of Wagner. His taste in recordings of the great composer is impeccable, perhaps even infallible. I wonder whether music will console him as his papacy reaches its Götterdämmerung.
On Saturday night a document with the stark heading “Testimony” appeared online. In this dossier Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal nuncio to the United States, accused the pope of reversing sanctions imposed upon the disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI. He also alleged, among other things, that various curial insiders attempted to hamper Benedict’s own internal investigation of McCarrick, that under Francis the cardinal served as a kingmaker who was responsible for the appointments of various eminent bishops who are close allies of the pope, and that all of this was quid pro quo for McCarrick’s quiet masterminding of Francis’ own election. Viganò ended by calling upon the pope to resign.
It is almost impossible to the overstate the significance of this letter. If Viganò is lying, he is guilty of one of the greatest slanders in the history of the Church. If he is telling the truth, the Eternal City is mired in filth unseen since the days of the Borgias, and Francis is among the worst wretches who has ever besmirched the Chair of Peter.