How Donald Trump Could Help the Catholic Church

By Austin Ruse Published on August 28, 2018

Sometimes Caesar must act.

Sometime tomorrow Ambassador Callista Gingrich should march into the Vatican Secretariat of State in Rome. Then demand the release of all documents related to now-disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The former Archbishop of Washington, it’s widely known, molested teen boys and sexually preyed on seminarians.

Gingrich should tell Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin that the Vatican has one week to answer. If the answer is no, or if they are reluctant to answer, she should give them one month to reconsider. Then inform them on that day, she and her staff will leave for the United States. They won’t return until the issue is settled.

How High Does the Rot Go?

Read the 11-page memo prepared by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. He’s no crank or amateur gadfly, but the former papal nuncio (ambassador) to the United States. He claims, based on personal knowledge, that it was not just Americans who gave the nod and wink to the criminal sexual assaults of “Uncle Ted” McCarrick. He charges high-ranking members of the Roman Curia knew as well. And they allowed this behavior to continue by giving McCarrick promotions and cover for his behavior.

Viganò lists many high-ranking churchmen as knowing about McCarrick’s crimes:

  • Pope Benedict XVI (who tried to take action and was apparently thwarted and flouted by his own bishops).
  • Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
  • The aforementioned Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
  • Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
  • Pope Francis, who apparently revoked Benedict’s measures aimed at McCarrick, and made him a close advisor. (McCarrick had strongly supported him for pope.)

These and other Catholic prelates knew that Cardinal McCarrick was taking seminarians to his bed and molesting them. He did this for years, all the while receiving promotions, open-door access to the highest reaches of the Church. Also traveling high-wide-and-handsome on diplomatic missions for the Pope.  

What Did Pope Francis Know and When Did He Know It?

Many questions have been raised by Viganò’s critics, some of them are fair. For instance, if Pope Benedict did restrict McCarrick, why was he seen all over the world? Appearing in official Vatican ceremonies and certainly not hidden away? Was there really an interdict imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict? Did Fr. Boniface Ramsey’s letter reach influential offices of the Holy See? Did Viganò really tell these tales to his bosses in Rome?

Vatican offices must produce the McCarrick Files for officials from the U.S. Departments of Justice and State.

Viganò is coming under severe criticism from certain so-called progressives. They are driving the narrative that he’s attempting a “putsch” against Pope Francis. Note the veiled accusation that Viganò is a Nazi in league with other Nazis. Some on the dissident left are practically pulling out their hair. The often-comical Michael Sean Winters says his team has 24 hours to save the Church, or something. Even sensible commentators, like Dawn Eden, are focusing their criticism and questions on Viganò instead of trying to learn what really happened. It seems that many are not interested in knowing if there was a cover-up in the Vatican to protect McCarrick.

Trump Can Demand the Documents

But no matter what the questions or criticism, they will not be answered. Not unless and until the Vatican produces the files that will tell the tale. Viganò says these files exist, in the Nunciature in Washington DC (and in various dicasteries in Vatican City — don’t hold your breath). These Vatican offices must produce the McCarrick Files for officials from the U.S. Departments of Justice and State. We must know if Vatican Cardinals knew about the sexual predator in our midst and let him proceed with his illegal, nefarious behavior.

We learned one thing in Pennsylvania. It will not be committees of laymen working with bishops who will bring these enormities into the light. No, it will be secular officials. It was an Attorney General who unveiled the crimes in Pennsylvania. It will be Attorneys General who will rip off the scab in Missouri and Illinois.

Protect Americans First

This is a legal and diplomatic crisis. We Catholics must convince President Trump of this. And that he should act. The United States must move to protect our young people who have come under assault from a Prince of the Church and who have been protected and moved around by other Princes of the Church in Rome.

Frank Keating, former FBI agent, former Governor of Oklahoma, famously left the US Bishops’ National Review Board because the Bishops were not willing to cooperate with the investigations of priest pederasty. As he was walking out the door, Keating said this was not the Church he knew. The Bishops acted more like La Cosa Nostra (the Mafia) with its code of omertà (silence).

On the plane coming from Ireland this week, Pope Francis said he would not answer any questions about the Viganò document. Talk about omertà. Perhaps losing the US diplomatic presence will loosen his tongue, and more important, the McCarrick Files located somewhere in the Vatican’s embassy in Washington, D.C.

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  • Nick Stuart

    Trump can facilitate getting the documents out into the open by doing the opposite of what you propose.

    Trump should tweet that the Vatican should keep the documents secret.

    A deafening screech will instantly erupt from world media demanding the documents be released. Battalions of reporters will be dispatched to Rome and every diocese with even the faintest whiff of scandal to tirelessly ferret out every detail of the story. Cable news will be a 24×7 roundtable of chin-stroking experts speculating on what might be in the documents and why does Trump want them kept secret?

    That will insure the media covers the scandal for at least a week or so until something else comes up.

    • standtall909

      🙂 You’re probably not too far off….

    • As Chesterton said, and you and your media ghouls exemplify:

      It can always be urged against it that it is in its nature arbitrary and in the air. But it is not so high in the air but that great archers spend their whole lives in shooting arrows at it—yes, and their last arrows; there are men who will ruin themselves and ruin their civilization if they may ruin also this old fantastic tale. This is the last and most astounding fact about this faith; that its enemies will use any weapon against it, the swords that cut their own fingers, and the firebrands that burn their own homes. Men who begin to fight the Church for the sake of freedom and humanity end by flinging away freedom and humanity if only they may fight the Church.

      • Patti Sheffield

        Left off the intro:

        “These can be called the essentials of the old orthodoxy, of which the chief merit is that it is the natural fountain of revolution and reform; and of which the chief defect is that it is obviously only an abstract assertion. Its main advantage is that it is the most adventurous and manly of all theologies.”

        So, it’s not the Church that is the subject of that part of Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, but orthodoxy itself, which leads to attacks on the Church. What followed your excerpt was the section where Chesterton listed some examples of heretics and their heresies.

        That makes your quote irrelevant, since the person above didn’t recommend attacking either orthodoxy or the Church, but instead recommended using the media to help root out corruption from the Church. I don’t agree with that idea, but won’t pretend he’s a heretic or an enemy of the Church for suggesting it.

        • No, he is shooting his arrows at the Church in an attempt to destroy it (or at least asking for the government to do it like the prot heretics and orthodox schismatics did). Of course the Church won’t be destroyed, but his civilization will destroy itself trying to destroy the Church.

          The man wants to use the government and media as an attack dog to assault the Church and make his libertarian god-state try to assert itself over God. Every time you prots try to destroy the Church by empowering yhe government you worship to do so, it only destroys yourselves.

          • Richard Malcolm

            What Austin is urging is a high risk path. We do well to remember that we have had great saints who went to the block in various ways for resisting the imposition of civil justice over the Church (Becket, Stanislaus, etc.).

            But Ruse’s frustration, which is becoming more and more widely shared, is that the Church hierarchy is now utterly incapable of reforming itself, or delivering justice to its victims. We may literally be at a point that such reform and such justice can now only be delivered by civil justice systems.

          • ruse is a pundit and is paid to tow a political line.

            Putting the government above the Church will only end one way for you.

          • Zmirak

            I think Becket was probably wrong, actually. He died as a martyr, but he was wrong on the merits. That’s what I’ve taken from this crisis.

          • Richard Malcolm

            Well, one also must bear in mind the state of the Plantagenet justice system under Henry II (let alone that of local nobility) – not the sort of place Becket’s priests (or many other defendants) were likely to get fair adjudication, guilty or not. Becket, of course, given his previous work as chancellor, knew this full well.

            The Church’s canon law system today works tolerably well, but it can only work when cases get to it in the first place. It has less ability to make that happen now than American courts, especially under this pontificate.

  • Carlo Cristofori

    “Progressives” need to understand that “conservatives” are just as complicit in these crimes as “progressives.” Only “traditionalists” (who warned about this filth long before the Boston “Spotlight’ scandal) are in the clear. This is not a coup but a restoration of the Church. Douthat wrote today that he does not even favor resignation by Francis. I think he has a point — a truly pentinent pope might be best– penitential humiliation something like King Henry II voluntarily endured.

    Your suggestion is excellent. I am not sure of the procedural and legal loops. But every avenue must be pursed to get at the truth.

    • The trads are guilty of ambition and being little more than a retread of early protestantism. They are far more dangerous than any octogenarian sodomite or communist.

      If you want penitence, start with yourself.

      • T.Procopio


        If you want humility, start with yourself!

      • Richard Malcolm

        The trads are guilty of ambition and being little more than a retread of early protestantism.

        Presumably, of course, because we still believe in hell.

        • So why are you trying to get in?

          • Richard Malcolm

            It’s not that hard, you know.

          • Then why try?

          • Richard Malcolm

            In a sense, one doesn’t much need to, since the default is that souls go to hell. We can quibble about the availability of invincible ignorance, but that’s always been the basic understanding, going back to the Apostolic Fathers.

            Christ offers the way out of that, if we are willing to cooperate with his grace. Christ repeatedly warned that most would refuse to do so.

          • So why do you help it along with ambition and heathenism?

          • Richard Malcolm

            It truly is puzzling, though, to hear traditionalists called any stripe of “Protestants,” given just what strides the liberal mainstream of the Church has made toward making the liturgy and catechesis as familiar and comfortable to Protestants as possible.

            Seriously: If a Catholic were time warped from 1955 into a typical Catholic parish in, say, Florida today, she’d wonder if she’d walked into a low church Methodist parish.

          • I was taking about the trad hatred of the Church and belief in their own “special knowledge.” Not their choice of liturgy or aesthetic.

          • Richard Malcolm

            Hatred of the Church? Or certain parts of the Church’s hierarchy?

            The fact remains, something revolutionary did happen in the Catholic Church in the 1960’s, and that something left it as almost unrecognizable as what it had been in many respects, and not just in the iturgy. It troubled even Joseph Ratzinger on some level.

          • The trads hate the Church, that isn’t hard to see. They are merely the opposite political group to the marxist infiltrators

  • Ray

    I was alerted to Psalm 105:22 recently, and began praying this pertaining to President Trump.

    • That trump be instructed by God, or that God be replaced by trump? It seems that God is making your heresy go full heathen (government worship).

      • Patti Sheffield

        Sounds like he’s asking God to impart wisdom to the president. Try reading with a dash of charity next time.

        • The context of the passage is talking of the Prophet Joseph instructing kings and elders with his wisdom. Has nothing to do with God other than Prophet Joseph being His emissary.

          The article is about donald trump asserting himself over the Church to “guide” it and “help” it. Therefore you americanists somehow think trump is your prophet now.

          I suppose he is in a sense, but not a prophet of God. One of your libertarian egos.

      • Ray

        I have no idea what you are talking about.

        • I know when someone is trying to deify their president.

          The article is about putting trump over God and His Church. The passage you quoted is about Prophet Joseph dispensing wisdom and commanding.

  • Seamrog

    I look at it this way:

    If the third wife of Newt Gingrich penned a letter to Robert Muller stating that not only was Donald Trump colluding with the Russian government to ‘steal the election’ from the demon Hillary Clinton, but that she herself had seen the file proving it – if she told Muller in an 11 page letter spelling out exactly how he plotted and colluded and continues to work to cover it all up, and that the proof was in Vatican offices in DC and Rome, then the cry from the media to ‘turn them the hell over NOW!’ would register on the Richter scales across the globe.

    There would be marches of the #metoo women and those bitter old nags with their kitty hats led by George Stephanopoulos and Whoppi Goldberg.

    I’m going to go ahead and set my lawnchair up on the sidewalk with a bag of pork rinds and a case of beer so I can watch them storm by in fury……who’s with me?

  • tz1

    They will do a remake of “Carnal…”: Cardinal Knowledge.

  • Master Samwise

    What Ruse seems to forget is the Investiture Controversy and the fact that if the Holy Roman Emperor had no authority over Church affairs, Trump has less.

  • Sgt Carver

    Speaking of Ireland..

    So Austin, how many articles did you write supporting Enda Kenny when he took the exact action you propose in 2011?

    An action for the same reasons?

    Will we find articles online where you, at the time, were against this action?

  • Lena Danvers

    Austin, you dismissed all of the #MeToo movement in your previous articles and railed about how girls at Steubenville and at large are making up stories, but NOW have seen the light because Pope Francis is involved? Get outta town. No, seriously. Live the life of a hermit that your tastelessness, tactlessness, witlessness begs for.

  • amuncat

    I’m beginning to suspect that the Cardinals are the deep state of the catholic church….

  • Alleged-Comment

    The Catholic church is a man’s church. It is not a Christian one. So it is steeped in paganism and pedophilia should NOT be surprising to anyone and explains it popularity to the world.

    It basically rejects Christian tenants and replaces it with paganism, keeping the Christ name only to FOOL everyone.

    • Sunisyde

      The Protestants have the same problem in their churches. I’ve been a member of every Protestant denomination and saw and heard so much evil that I left the Protestant faith. As a Catholic, and now knowing that this is the Church Jesus Christ Himself established, realize that the outside world for centuries has tried to destroy her but she has survived for 2,000 yrs. No other Protestant church can claim this. Christ never said His church was going to be run by saints, if this were the case, the church would be in heaven. His 12 apostles were all sinners, yet, He chose them. Peter was chosen to be the first Pope because when Christ asked Peter, ‘who do you say I am.’ Peter responded; “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” From the beginning of the Church, the first I0 Popes were martyred for their Faith but also because they stood tall and defended the Truth. Yes, the Church also had about half dozen bad popes but again, Christ’s church is run by saints and sinners because we are living on earth, not in heaven where the Elect will be. Christ will separate the sheep from the wolves upon His return. Meantime I would suggest to you to look inward, to see if you are free from sin.

      • Alleged-Comment

        Ummm no! Anyway, I have examined your story about the first 10 Popes and having read a few I see many are iffy, unclear, maybe and what not. So I cannot believe what you say.

        No wonder historians don’t mention this.

        Peter, a disciple of Christ was never considered a Pope by him. This is made up man made crap.

        The Bible, in fact, warns us about the Catholic Church and gives many hints on what it will do to the TRUE church and the laws of Yahuah.

        It actually FORCED the TRUE CHURCH OF GOD underground and made MARTYRS of many who did not agree with its paganism. Their punishment was nothing short of horrific and satanic.

        Many priests have committed pedophilia on its own. In the TENS of THOUSANDS. Most shamefool. How can a church claiming to be followers of Christ do this??

  • Sunisyde

    Well for starters, I saw right through this Bergoglio when he stepped on the Balcony of the Vatican. I just got an ominous feeling about him and it never left me. I and many people felt this same way. One comment; The Homosexual movement began in the 1920’s when Bella Dodd, a Communist, ushered in about 1200 Communist Homosexuals for the priesthood. Bella Dodd later, saw the error of her ways and became a Catholic under the holy Bishop Fulton Sheen. The Communist party has been in the cross hairs all along to bring holy mother church to her knees! That way, it would be easier to control the masses, the Roman Catholic church and the sheep. So this has been going on for at least 60 years or so. You say, how could this possibly happen? Recall the story about the ‘Frog in the Pot of boiling water? The frog never realizing his fate because he was being gently and slowly submerged in water….. Google Bella Dodd or the infiltration of Communism in the Catholic church. Then because Communism doesn’t believe Creation, they Indoctrinated these people in the Church to believe in ‘Evolution.’ There also were dissident Jesuit priests like George Tyrrell and Teilhard de Chardin who contradicted the ‘Divine Law.’ You should be able to google them too. So you see, all this evil for decades was a plan, an agenda to destroy the ‘One True Church of Jesus Christ.’ They’ve been succeeding but in the End, the jokes on them….

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