The college of cardinals also has its Covid conspiracy theorists. So says Pope Francis while conversing with journalists on the return flight from Bratislava, but who are these men of the Church and what do they say? We know one of them, Cardinal Raymond Burke hospitalized for Covid in August. There is also an Italian archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, protagonist of a denial event organized in Rome in 2020 by Forza Nuova.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
He is considered the worst enemy of Pope Francis. During the 2020 American election campaign, Donald Trump made known a letter addressed to him where the Italian archbishop, in addition to supporting him politically, believed that the pandemic and the riots for George Floyd were part of “an eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil “. According to Viganò, the Pandemic would be “a colossal work of social engineering”.
His support for Donald Trump leads to conspiracy. Former apostolic nuncio to the United States, he is a firm believer in the existence of the so-called “Deep State”That the American President was“ destined to defeat ”. This theory underlies the beliefs of the QAnon conspiracy sect.
Archbishop Viganò believes in the existence of the Great Reset, a conspiracy theory according to which the global financial elites planned the Pandemic to establish a totalitarian regime and the New World Order. In a video intervention published on May 30, 2021 on the Youtube channel Vision TV, he admits to believing in the big conspiracy hoaxes:
Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the Great Reset proponents. Let’s start from the point of view of those who organized this plot and not of those who suffer it unknowingly. If we put ourselves in the shoes of a Bill Gates, a George Soros, a Klaus Schwab, it will not be difficult to understand that if we shamelessly declare that we have decided to decimate the world population by means of a gene serum, in all probability we will not obtain consensus. from the masses I support them from the institutions because our criminal plan would provoke a revolt and, above all, would reveal our cards. In fact, we have also declared our projects on several occasions, we have registered them in the proceedings of our congresses, we have reiterated them in interviews and institutional meetings, we have even had them engraved in the Georgia Guidline Stones.
The archbishop refers to the Georgia Guidestones, a monument inaugurated in 1980 in Georgia (United States) where there are the “commandments” that would confirm the existence of a planetary extermination plan. In fact, one of the carved phrases states that the world population is expected to reach 500 million individuals, when at the time there were about 4 billion people alive across the globe.
It was not Bill Gates, Soros or Schwab who wanted to create the monument, in fact there is no evidence of such an association. Defined by Wired as a list of post apocalypse instructions, it was made by the Elberton Granite Finishing company on behalf of a client named Robert C. Christian (a pseudonym). The owner of the company, interviewed by Wired, described him as “crazy”.
The theory relating to the phantom design of the decrease in the world population is linked to a letter published in 2009 on the website of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, misinterpreted by conspiracy theorists. In 2020 the former M5s deputy Sara Cunial spoke about it, convinced, during her speech in the Chamber.
According to conspiracy theorists, Bill Gates would like to decimate the population through vaccines. An instrument of death? This was not the intent of his Foundation. According to Gates, people have more children in countries where infant mortality is highest due to disease, but if it were reduced with vaccines then people would have fewer children.
In another video, published on August 31, 2021, Archbishop Viganò also mentions Kalergi, a character on whom the famous conspiracy theory of the plan bearing the same name and heir to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was created. Having become one of the favorite targets of the European extreme right, he was accused of being the creator of the phantom “great ethnic substitution” in Europe in favor of a Jewish elite.
Cardinal Raymond Burke
In the site Voiceofthefamily.com the transcript of the cardinal’s intervention is reported at Rome Life Forum of 2020, which became known for its criticisms against vaccines citing the famous and elusive microchips for controlling the masses (we talk about it here, here and here):
If there was a lack of respect for our fundamental relationship with God at the beginning of the present international health crisis, there is a similar lack of respect in what is proposed, once the crisis has passed. One hears repeatedly the mantra that our life will never again be the same and that we can never return to life as we lived it before. It has been suggested, for instance, that the ancient gesture of giving one’s hand to another in friendship and trust must now be forever abandoned. Also, there is a certain movement to insist that now everyone must be vaccinated against the coronavirus COVID-19 and even that a kind of microchip needs to be placed under the skin of every person, so that at any moment he or she can be controlled by the State regarding health and about other matters which we can only imagine. It has also been suggested, even by pastors of the Church, that the present crisis should lead us to consider again whether Sunday Mass is essential to the Christian life or whether Funeral Rites are essential to the practice of our faith.
In his speech he also talks about the issue of “aborted fetuses” (topic covered by Open here, here and here), a very popular topic in the No Vax and Pro Vita environments. According to Burke, it would not be morally justified to develop them through the use of cell lines from aborted fetuses. This position was subsequently denied, at the end of 2020, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “When ethically unexceptionable vaccines against Covid 19 are not available” it is “morally acceptable to use anti-Covid 19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process ».