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Media Begin Filling in Picture of Those Orchestrating Viganò's Attack on Francis: Predictable Players with Predictable Anti-LGBTQ Agenda

Posted on the 28 August 2018 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy
Thanks to @nwinfield, @elizabethjdias, and @lauriegnyt we now know of two of Archbishop Vigano's ghostwriters: Italian journalist @MarcoTosatti and American lawyer Timothy Busch— Joshua McElwee (@joshjmac) August 28, 2018

As I've been saying, the Viganò press event is and has been orchestrated: completely. We have increasing evidence of this, and of how it parallels what a cabal of hard-right anti-LGBTQ political and religious players sought to do to Francis with Kim Davis in collaboration with Viganò in 2015. As in that débacle, the current events being orchestrated by Viganò and his cabal involve some of the worst figures on the American Catholic scene, collaborating with European ones, all intent on topping Francis' papacy and mounting an ugly anti-gay purge within the Catholic church, reasserting as decisively as possible that the Catholic community hates and intends to attack and exclude LGBTQ human beings from God's redemptive plan:
Elizabeth Dias and Laurie Goodstein, "Letter Accusing Pope Leaves U.S. Catholics in Conflict":
Two weeks ago, Archbishop Viganò privately shared his plan to speak out with an influential American friend: Timothy Busch, a wealthy, conservative Catholic lawyer on the board of governors of the media network in which Archbishop Viganò ultimately revealed his letter. 
"Archbishop Viganò has done us a great service," Mr. Busch said in a phone interview Sunday night. "He decided to come forward because if he didn't, he realized he would be perpetuating the cover-up." 
Mr. Busch said he believed Archbishop Viganò's claims to be "credible," and that he did not know in advance that the archbishop would choose to publish his attack in the National Catholic Register, which is owned by the Eternal Word Television Network, where Mr. Busch is on the board of governors.

Vigano shared his plan for his letter with Timothy Busch, a wealthy, US conservative Catholic lawyer who is on the board of EWTN. The network owns the National Catholic Register which published it— Pope news (@Pope_news) August 28, 2018

Maria Wiering, "Archbishop Nienstedt 'steps aside' from responsibilities with Napa Institute":
Archbishop John Nienstedt has "stepped aside from his responsibilities" at the Napa Institute, the Irvine, California-based organization announced Aug. 15. 
According to the institute, since 2016 Nienstedt had been an independent contractor with the Napa Institute, where he edited its conference proceedings for publication, celebrated Masses and participated in its annual conference….
Nienstedt's connections to the Napa Institute drew criticism from The American Conservative magazine's senior editor, Rod Dreher, who on his blog Aug. 6 accused the institute of being inconsistent in its stance against bishops accused of mishandling sexual abuse. 
The institute's founder, Timothy Busch, published an article titled "Our Great Commission: The Call of the Laity to Holiness & Reform in Times of Scandal" which, in light of the credible abuse and sexual misconduct allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, said the institute would be "turning our attention toward the appropriate and authentic response to the reform necessary in the church." 
Dreher said that the institute could not do that credibly while retaining connections to Nienstedt.

Anyone wondering about the degree of credibility to attach to the memo released by former U.S. Nuncio Carlo M. Viganò would do well to google 'Viganò + Nienstedt'— Kevin O'Higgins, S.J. (@kevinohigginssj) August 26, 2018

Joshua McElwee, "Francis replaces Vatican ambassador Vigano days after he's lauded by US bishops":
Viganò was honored Thursday evening [April 2016] by the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. bishops' seminary in Rome. 
The former nuncio was lauded at the seminary’s annual $450-a-plate Rector’s Dinner alongside California lawyer Timothy Busch, who specializes in “high net-worth estate planning” and is also co-founder of the Napa Institute, which focuses on defending Catholic principles in the public arena. 

1. Some context on Timothy Busch. He's a mega donor to The Catholic University of America in Washington, the only Vatican-chartered university in the United States. Business school there is named after Busch and has taken millions from the Koch brothers.— John Gehring (@gehringdc) August 28, 2018

3. And I also wrote about Busch and an event he organized at the Trump hotel in DC.— John Gehring (@gehringdc) August 28, 2018

Joshua McElwee, "US bishops' Rome college to honor Vatican ambassador Vigano, estate lawyer": 
The U.S. bishops' seminary in Rome will honor the Vatican's ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Vigano, at an annual honors banquet in April.  
Vigano, whose name surfaced last year in questions over how Pope Francis came to meet controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his September U.S. trip, will be honored for being "so influential in the life of the College," according to an invitation for the event.  
The Pontifical North American College will also be honoring California lawyer Timothy Busch, whose website describes him as specializing in "high net-worth estate planning," at its annual Rector's Dinner April 7. Busch is also co-founder of the Napa Institute, which focuses on defending Catholic principles in the public arena.  
The College, which sits on a hill overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica, is owned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and trains and forms many semi 
narians and priests from dioceses across the U.S., Canada and Australia. The annual dinner is a high-profile event attracting  donations for the seminary, with individual tickets starting at $450. … 
The honorary chairmen of the North American College include Cardinals Raymond Burke, Daniel Di Nardo, Timothy Dolan, Bernard Law, William Levada, Roger Mahony, and Justin Rigali. 

The background is being filled out. The Viganò letter was crafted by Marco Tosatti, Francis critic and @firstthingsmag contributor, translated by @dianemontagna of LifeSite news, & released by Team Burke’s media.— Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) August 28, 2018

And here's how the Viganò letter got immediately turned into a media sensation on Twitter when it was initially released — and who turned it into a media sensation:
My God. It's all here. Francis knew about McCarrick. The former Vatican ambassador to the US spills all about the lavender mafia in the Vatican, and in the US hierarchy. It's a total massacre. How can Francis survive this?— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) August 26, 2018

This is the same Rod Dreher about whom Maria Wiering reports that Nienstedt resigned from Busch's Napa Institute in mid-August after Dreher urged this. Nienstedt, the notoriously anti-gay archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, who sought to use the Catholic church of the entire state as an anti-gay machine in a battle against same-sex marriage, but who resigned after it was announced he was under investigation for having sex with men, and had covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse….
It's more than a little curious that Nienstedt was comfortably ensconced on Busch's Napa Institute team right up to several days before Viganò's letter, to which we now know Busch had a direct connection, was released, with Dreher, who urged Busch to ditch Nienstedt, acting as its initial megaphone, isn't it? Nienstedt was comfortably ensconced on that team despite credible allegations that he engaged in sex with adult men as a cleric, and that he covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse.
This is the same Nienstedt whose investigation Viganò sought to quash — though the same Rod Dreher is now tweeting that Viganò now wants to deny that he did this. Inconvenient bits of history that, of course, have to be denied in order to make what the Viganò cabal is seeking to do work….
Michael J. O'Loughlin, "Viganò’s accusations: What we know and what questions they raise":
Archbishop Viganò has a checkered history when it comes to sex abuse in the church. When Archbishop John Nienstedt, the former head of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul who was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, was accused of mishandling sexual abuse claims, Archbishop Viganò, who was then the pope’s representative to the United States, used his office to quash an inquiry into the allegations once investigators discovered charges of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Nienstedt, who eventually resigned.  

O'Loughlin's link in the preceding paragraph points to an article by Laurie Goodstein and Richard Pérez-Peña entitled "Minnesota Priest's Memo Says Vatican Ambassador Tried to Stifle Sex Abuse Inquiry," which contains more inconvenient factual information from inside the top governing structures of the St. Paul-Minneapolis diocese, about Viganò's attempt to stop investigation of Nienstedt, and how this played a role in Francis' ultimate disciplining of Viganò.  
Two days later, I have no scoop or insight on what is and isn't true in Vigano's letter. But I can count, and the word "homosexual" appears sixteen times. The world "child" or "children" appears twice.— Kaya Oakes (@kayaoakes) August 27, 2018

BREAKING: @BishopMorlino in a new statement vouches for the “impeccable integrity” of whistleblower Arch. Vigano and asks for “an investigation, according to proper canonical procedures.” STATEMENT:— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) August 28, 2018

Morlino — of course. And if you imagine I'm exaggerating when I say that those acting with Viganò want to mount a gay purge within the Catholic church — something Viganò's letter directly urges — have a look at this tweet, which is one among many others of its ilk floating around Twitter's darkest corners since this orchestrated anti-LGBTQ, anti-Francis Viganò demonstration began several days ago:
We need any of the former Apostolic Nunios to the UK to follow Vigano's courageous example
Please Arch. Mennini speak out
There is such a climate of fear among the English clergy
No one will go on record about the activities of homosexual clergy in the UK
Please speak out— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) August 28, 2018

It's ugly. And it's going to get uglier. These folks have learned from the Trump presidency that scorched-earth politics work, that truth is not truth and liars are not held accountable, and that people are also not held accountable when they destroy the institutions they have claimed for years to be intent on "saving."
Though the fact that media are digging into the Viganò cabal and exposing at least some of its main players will give these folks a run for their money, if the media continue doing their duty here amd refuse to allow themselves to be played….

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