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VATICAN: 83-year-old Archbishop Vigano Found Guilty Of Schism Is Banished

A fierce ultra-conservative archbishop who branded the pope a “false prophet” and a “servant of Satan,” and accused him of representing an “inclusive, immigration, eco-sustainable, and gay-friendly” Church has been excommunicated by the Vatican after being found guilty of schism.

Schism is one of the gravest crimes in canon law and occurs when someone withdraws submission to the Pope or his Catholic subjects.

Carlo Maria Vigano served as the Vatican’s ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2016 but went into hiding in 2018 after he alleged Pope Francis knew about US cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct and did nothing about it.

The Vatican has rejected this claim.

Vigano also branded the Pope a “false prophet” and a “servant of Satan”, before calling for him to resign.

The Vatican’s doctrinal office announced the 83-year-old’s excommunication – or banishment – on Friday.

It said his previous comments made it clear he refused “to recognise and submit” to the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Vigano had also rejected the legitimacy of liberal reforms made by the church in the 1960s, it added.

The statement read: “At the conclusion of the penal process, the Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano was found guilty of the reserved delict (violation of the law) of schism.”

The excommunication means Vigano is formally outside the church and cannot celebrate or receive communion.