As I have written before, Pope Francis has returned us to 1970's Catholic confusion and chaos. What is different this time are the new media platforms and instant communication and the ability of polarized factions to network and lobby.
What Pope Francis has done is to show almost two generations of Catholics who don't really remember the confusion and chaos of the 1970's what progressive Catholicism does to the Church.
What is unique this time is that the institution of the papacy is being weakened by this liberal, progressive conversion. Thus what was once the source of unity for the Church after the Council of Trent and up until the Second Vatican, an extremely orthodox regal papacy teaching very clearly the Deposit of Faith and upholding rigid Catholic discipline in an authoritative way, is collasping under Pope Francis as he converts the papacy to the Archbishop of Canterbury model and the Church to a loose confederation of churches with widely diverse beliefs and morals, regionally based.
Out of all this arises a great reformer somewhat similar to Martin Luther, who the pope of Martin Luther called the Great Accuser, which the current pope refers to this new Great Reformer by the same name used for Martin Luther!
This new Martin Luther is Archbishop Vigano! That is what an ABC commentary calls him.
Are we at a new Reformation and will the new protesting Church be called the Viganoran Church?
Press title for complete ABC commentary:
NEW YORK (NY)
October 28, 2018
By David Wright
Even for an institution that measures its milestones by the millennium, the Roman Catholic Church is now wrestling with an urgent, some would say epochal, moment of truth.
It’s an existential crisis brought on by two threats from within: the worldwide sexual abuse scandal and deep internal divisions over the core message of the faith. The last time the Vatican faced a crisis this big, according to some respected church scholars, was 500 years ago during the Protestant Reformation.
The battle lines in the church mirror the divisions of Trump’s America. The partisan infighting, just as bitter. And what makes it more than just the standard squabbling among the curia is the larger sexual abuse scandal looming in the background. This is what reformation looks like in the #MeToo era.
The Martin Luther of the new rebellion is the archbishop who dared to call on the pope to resign for turning a blind eye to the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal. Archbishop Carlo Vigano, former papal nuncio to the U.S., has faced serious pushback from the pope’s defenders for calling out Francis over his handling of disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Vigano is in hiding, saying he fears for his life. But he’s not backing down.
Vigano’s new letter denounces what he calls the "scourge of homosexuality" in the clergy which he now flat-out claims is to blame for the broader sexual abuse scandal rocking the church Vigano urges his fellow bishops to back him up.