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Catholic archbishop pens unhinged letter with nuttiest vaccine conspiracy theory yet

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014.
Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014. Photo: Shutterstock

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States, was forced to resign after he arranged Pope Francis’ controversial 2015 meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

After his retirement, Vigano has continued his ongoing campaign against LGBTQ people while also attacking the church itself. Now the deranged theologian, who has been decried for his “blasphemous” writings, has penned his nuttiest letter yet: a COVID conspiracy theory that has become the laughing stock of the internet.

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“The presence of graphene in the doses that have been administered, reported by numerous laboratories that have analyzed its content, suggests that the forced use of so-called vaccines – together with the systematic boycott of existing treatments of proven effectiveness – serves the purpose of contact-tracing all vaccinated human beings throughout the world, who will be or already are connected to the Internet of Things by means of a quantum link of pulsed microwave frequencies of 2.4 GHz or higher from cell towers and satellites,” Vigano wrote.

Graphene is a carbon-based nanostructure used in the production of electronic batteries and semiconductors. There is no graphene in mRNA vaccines as claimed by conspiracy theorists.

Before being dismissed by Pope Francis, Vigano had invited Davis to be among those greeting Francis in the Vatican embassy in Washington during his visit to America. Her lawyer caused an uproar when he announced the meeting shortly after Francis returned to Rome, describing it as papal affirmation of Davis’ approach to conscientious objection.

The Vatican insisted the meeting was no such thing and that Davis was merely one of many people who were at the embassy that day. An incensed Vatican ultimately said Francis had only one private audience during his visit to Washington – with his openly gay former student and his partner.

Vigano has accused Francis of heresy and corruption and blamed gay priests for their “widespread” influence on the pontiff. The existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican has become a popular bogeyman in Catholic circles, with Pope Benedict claiming that destroying it was his biggest accomplishment.

Referring to Pope Francis by his given name – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – instead of his title, Vigano said, “For Bergoglio and his entourage, sodomy is not a sin that cries out for vengeance in the presence of God, as the Catechism teaches.”

“Bergoglio’s words on this topic — and even more the actions and words of those who surround him — unfortunately, confirm that an operation of legalization of homosexuality is currently underway and that prelates and theologians are carrying this discussion forward who have manifested without equivocation that they are unfaithful to Catholic teaching.”

“Let’s not forget that the legitimization of homosexuality is part of the agenda of the New World Order,” he said, “to which the Bergoglian church adheres openly and unconditionally — not only for its destabilizing value in the social body but also because sodomy is the principal instrument with which the Enemy intends to destroy the Catholic priesthood, corrupting the souls of the Ministers of God.”

The Vatican has previously denounced the Archbishop’s claims of corruption and coverups inside the church as “blasphemous” and “monstrous.”

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