The Vatican’s extensive report on Theodore E. McCarrick revealed several crucial details that call into question the 2018 “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, including that he did not investigate the former cardinal when ordered to do so by the Vatican in 2012.
Archbishop Vigano, who served as apostolic nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, published his testimony in August 2018 called on Pope Francis to resign, claiming the pope knew about McCarrick’s sexual misconduct and yet eased restrictions on McCarrick’s ministry and travel.
Though informed that the report on McCarrick was being compiled, “he never came forward” to be interviewed or give evidence, a Vatican official said Nov. 10, the day the report was released.
According to the report, in August 2012, Archbishop Vigano received a letter from “Priest 3,” which detailed the sexual abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of McCarrick.
A week later, Archbishop Vigano reported the accusations to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and sought instruction on how to proceed.
Cardinal Ouellet replied in September 2012, asking Archbishop Vigano to investigate the accusations, first by verifying “the personality and the reliability of (Priest 3) by inquiring of the vicar general or vicar for the clergy of Metuchen” and “to reply to (Priest 3), requesting that he clarify his accusations against the aforementioned ecclesiastics in order to determine their truth or lack thereof.”
The Vatican said it interviewed both the vicar general and vicar for clergy of the Diocese of Metuchen, as well as Priest 3. All three testified that they were never contacted by the former nuncio.
“Priest 3 stated that he was ‘disappointed’ by (Archbishop) Vigano’s failure to respond, and that he ‘felt that the nuncio was not paying attention to something that to me was very important,” the report said.
In his August 2018 “testimony,” Archbishop Vigano claimed several members of the Roman Curia, including Cardinal Ouellet, were aware of alleged “sanctions” imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI.
However, in an August 2018 interview with Lifesite News, Archbishop Vigano said the sanctions were “private.” Then in an October 2018 letter, the archbishop said that the alleged measures were “not technically ‘sanctions’ but provisions, ‘conditions and restrictions.’”
However, he did not mention in his testimony or subsequent open letters his correspondence with Cardinal Ouellet, nor Cardinal Ouellet’s request that he investigate.
Several sections of the Vatican’s report were devoted to McCarrick’s activities during Archbishop Vigano’s tenure as nuncio to the United States.