Vatican critic Viganò blames ‘deep state’ for war in Ukraine, citing COVID-19 measures

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) – As Pope Francis continued his attempts to mediate the conflict in Ukraine, former Vatican envoy and outspoken papal critic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò released a letter on Monday (March 7) blaming “deep state” forces in the United States, the European Union, and NATO for starting the current war and demonizing Russia.

“The United States of America and the European states must not marginalize Russia but build an alliance with it, not only to revive trade for the prosperity of all, but instead of rebuilding a Christian civilization , who will be the only one capable of saving the world from the transhuman and medical-technical globalist monster,” the Archbishop wrote in his nearly 10,000-word letter.

The archbishop, once papal nuncio to the United States, among other countries, has a deep understanding of what goes on in halls of power and influence, but since accusing Francis of covering up allegations of abuse against the disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, he went so far as to ask for the pope’s resignation in 2018, Viganò was welcomed into the ranks of a small but outspoken conservative Catholic right. His rhetoric has increasingly relied on anti-migrant, anti-vaccine and pro-Trump stances.

The archbishop said in his letter that Putin has been cornered by an aggressive US-backed NATO that seeks to escalate the conflict for its own gains. “It is the trap of Russia as much as Ukraine, which uses both to allow a globalist elite to carry out its criminal plot,” Viganò wrote.

The so-called democratic states, according to Viganò, imposed “censorship and intolerance” towards dissenting opinions. The pandemic has exacerbated this dynamic, the Archbishop said, adding that the global media “lied shamelessly” with the cooperation of governments and the Catholic hierarchy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia, December 26, 2018. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Viganò said the “ostracism” of those who opposed the administration of COVID-19 vaccines was similar to the treatment meted out to those who refuse to call Putin an “invader” or a “tyrant”.

The Vatican has repeatedly dismissed objections to vaccines based on their development or testing with original stem cell lines drawn from aborted fetal cells. Pope Francis has joined global pro-vaccine campaigns, calling getting vaccinated an “act of love”. The Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican think tank charged with promoting life from conception to natural death, has repeatedly come forward to encourage Catholics to get vaccinated.


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Viganò adopted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justifications for attacking Ukraine, lamenting the lack of media coverage of alleged neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine that allegedly attacked Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the eastern Ukrainian autonomous regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ridiculed the idea that Nazism is behind the eight-year-old conflict in his country’s east, which Russia invaded in 2014.

The letter was the second defense of the invasion of Russia to be issued by a prominent cleric in recent days. In a sermon on Sunday, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin ally, repeated a long-standing claim that the West wants to impose the practice of holding gay pride parades as a test loyalty to its values, including the acceptance of homosexuality. The war in Ukraine, he said on Sunday, resulted from the refusal of acquiescence by the eastern regions.

“If mankind accepts that sin is not a violation of God’s law, if mankind accepts that sin is a variation of human behavior, then human civilization will end there,” Kirill said during of the pre-Lenten celebration known as Forgiveness Sunday.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, January 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, January 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

But Viganò sees a deeper plot to institute a new world order. Naming the United Nations, NATO and the International Monetary Fund as well as the European Union and billionaire philanthropists like George Soros and Bill Gates, the Archbishop identified a global plot, initiated by a US deep state, to introduce a government world based on economic interests. and progressivism.

Viganò portrayed Zelenskyy as an EU puppet, an affable foreigner brought in to foment Ukrainian feelings against Russia.

“Zelensky’s image is an artificial product, a media fiction, an operation to manipulate the consensus which nevertheless was able to create a political figure in the Ukrainian collective imagination and which in reality, and not in fiction, was able to take the power,” the former Vatican envoy wrote of the Ukrainian president, who is Jewish.


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Calling Ukrainians “hostages” to the globalist totalitarian regime, he advised them against joining the EU. Instead, Viganò wrote, European nations must seek independence by reclaiming their “sovereignty, their identity, their faith.” Their soul.

Nevertheless, the archbishop urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “turn the tide” on the “globalist scheme” by offering Ukraine a peaceful way out. “The more Putin believes (himself) to be right, the more he will prove the greatness of his nation and the love for his people by not giving in to provocations,” he added.

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