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Archbishop Calls for Pope Francis’ Arrest Over ‘Perverted’ Book Controversy

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a prominent Italian clergyman known for his ongoing disagreements with Pope Francis, has launched a scathing attack over a resurfaced book written by Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández in 1998. The archbishop has labeled the book as “pornographic” and a “perversion,” demanding the arrest of both the author and Pope Francis.

Former Vatican Ambassador to the US

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò served as a Vatican ambassador to the United States for five years and held the position of Apostolic Nuncio from 2011 until his retirement in 2016.

A Vocal Critic of Pope Francis

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Over the years, he has become an increasingly vocal critic of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church’s approach to modern challenges, including issues related to sexuality, the COVID-19 pandemic, and historical sexual abuse scandals. His claims of a globalist conspiracy even garnered the attention of former President Donald Trump in 2020, elevating his status as a prominent figure.

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Archbishop’s Demand for Arrest

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The archbishop’s campaign has taken an escalated turn with his recent call for the arrest of the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Controversy Surrounding a Resurfaced Book

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Archbishop Viganò’s outrage is in response to a recently resurfaced book from 1998 titled “Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality,” authored by Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, who was a priest at the time.

Book’s Contents

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The book allegedly contains explicit descriptions of male and female orgasms and explores the concept of finding God in the climax of sexual intimacy. I

According to reports, Fernández’s book suggested that God could manifest in the moment of orgasm shared by two individuals, presenting it as a profound act of divine presence.

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Book Resurfaces Amid New Guidelines

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The controversy surrounding the book reignited when Cardinal Fernández, with Pope Francis’ approval, allowed pastors to offer non-liturgical blessings to couples in “irregular situations,” including same-sex couples and unmarried cohabiting partners.

Archbishop’s Social Media Outburst

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On January 8, Archbishop Viganò took to social media, referring to the Pope as “the Argentinean” and Cardinal Fernández as “Tucho.” In a strongly-worded post, he denounced Fernández’s book as “blasphemous sewer regurgitations” and accused both individuals of heresy, demanding their arrest by the Swiss Guards.

Cardinal’s Response

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In response to the controversy, Cardinal Fernández acknowledged that he had been young when he wrote the book, expressing that he would not write it now. He mentioned that he had authored more serious works subsequently and attempted to prevent the book’s reprinting due to concerns over potential misinterpretations.

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Archbishop’s Ongoing Criticisms

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Days later, Archbishop Viganò reiterated his stance on social media, sharing a link to his full statement on the issue via the Catholic website Exsurge Domine. He persistently referred to Pope Francis as “Bergoglio,” Pope Francis’ birth name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Vatican’s Silence

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The Vatican has remained silent in the face of Archbishop Viganò’s repeated criticisms over the years, including his recent calls for the arrest of Pope Francis and Cardinal Fernández. It has not officially addressed the archbishop’s allegations or demands.

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