Mel Gibson Praises Archbishop Vigano Following Excommunication By Vatican

Mel Gibson has voiced strong support for Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who was excommunicated by the Vatican on charges of schism. Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the United States, has been a persistent critic of Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council. The Vatican’s decision to excommunicate him cited his refusal to submit to the Pope’s authority and his questioning of the Council’s legitimacy.

In a letter to Viganò, Gibson, a conservative Catholic and sedevacantist, expressed admiration for the Archbishop’s courage. “You have my sympathies that you suffer publicly this grave injustice. To me and many others you are a most courageous hero,” Gibson wrote. He encouraged Viganò to continue his ministry despite the excommunication, viewing it as a “badge of honor.”

Gibson likened Viganò to Athanasius, a historical figure known for his defense of Christian orthodoxy against heresies, which led to his repeated exiles. This comparison highlights Gibson’s belief that Viganò’s excommunication is not a disgrace but rather a testament to his unwavering commitment to his faith.

Viganò has embraced the accusations, stating last month, “I regard the accusations against me as an honor.” His defiance and Gibson’s support highlight the deep divisions within the Catholic Church regarding its current leadership and direction.

LifeSiteNews, which reported on Gibson’s letter, verified its authenticity with the actor. Gibson’s backing of Viganò underscores the ongoing tensions within the Church and among its followers about the interpretation and adherence to traditional Catholic doctrines.

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