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The Inspirational Archbishop Viganò

That image — a riff on the new Nike campaign — just came to me from a Catholic priest, who made it.

Earlier today I was speaking to a well-connected Catholic source about the overall situation. He mentioned that he believed Vigano completely, not because he knows anything about Vigano’s allegations, but because he respects Vigano for daring to try to clean up the corruption in the Vatican city-state. My source, who is in a position to know, told me that the Roman curia is run on a patronage system. When Pope Benedict XVI put him in charge of governing the Vatican city-state in 2009, Vigano clashed with cardinals who didn’t want their special arrangements messed with. That’s why he was sent away to the United States.

My source said that it’s hard to express to people who don’t know how things are done in the Vatican how courageous it was for Vigano to stand up as Vatican governor against that system. That’s why he believes Vigano today.

For what that’s worth…

UPDATE: It occurred to me that Vigano is going to win this one. That is, he’s going to compel Francis to answer his allegations. When you become a meme this powerful, you’re unstoppable.

UPDATE.2: A reader sent in this image he made tonight. I like it:

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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