An archbishop trying to hold Pope Francis accountable for rehabilitating and reinstating disgraced homosexual Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has published a third letter.
Noting that he's nearer to the end of his life than the beginning, Archbishop Carlo Vigano (pictured at left) says he must bring the truth to light: there is a scourge and a plague on the Catholic Church – homosexuality.
There is a homosexual network in the hierarchy of the church, he alleges, and until it is rooted out, the so-called sex abuse scandal will never be closed.
C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts says it's Vigano's strongest letter to date, describing it to OneNewsNow as "accurate and unassailable."
"I'm struck by how powerful it is, how compelling it is, how thorough it is, how courageous it is," he says.
Coming at the same time as a bombshell grand jury report from Pennyslvania, OneNewsNow reported in an August story that Vigano dropped his own bombshell on Vatican hierarchy: Francis and others knew about and ignored sex abuse allegations against McCarrick when he was was promoted to cardinal.
Paraphrasing a Winston Churchill quote, Doyle says this may not be the beginning of the end of the crisis, but the letter signals the end of the beginning.
"The era of concealment is over," he predicts. "Because of this one man, Archbishop Vigano, it's now all out in the open. They can never go back again."
Carl Olson of Catholic World Report says there is also some public but subtle negotiations going on between Vigano and the Pope's spokesman, Cardinal Mark Ouellet.
"He kind of walked back, if you will, his claim in the first testimony calling for Francis to resign," Olson says of Vigano. "He's now just saying, Hey, I'm praying for the pope. I want this to be dealt with."
Olson says whatever resolution the two clerics come to, the priest abuse scandal will not go away until the pope speaks for himself.
"[Pope Francis] seems very reluctant to really address this directly," observes Olson, "and by this I mean the homosexual subculture, the corruption."
That might have to wait until the next pope, he adds.