Perhaps one of the hardest things for us to understand is, with all of Kiko's atrocities so widely known, how Rome and especially the pope can continue to at least appear to be supporting his "movement."
The problem is that most of us have just as an inflated view of Rome as we once had of our own chancery. Because while Jesus promised us that the "gates of hell would not prevail against his church", He only promised us that they would not "prevail". He did not promise us that there would not be a battle. In fact, He promised us the "battle", and to the end.
The reasons Pope Benedict gave for his resignation from the Chair of Peter should have given us a clue. Things were (and still are) so bad inside the Roman Curia (the government of the church) that he, a great and holy man, after much prayer, knew he did not have the physical or spiritual stamina to withstand the evil onslaught from within.
Part of that "onslaught", that "smoke of Satan" as Paul VI coined it, is these spiritual interlopers like Kiko Arguello, men who have the gifts to fool millions, including popes. This is nothing new, the church has been beset by such men (and women) from the beginning. Even Judas was found within the ranks of Jesus' personally chosen inner circle.
The problem is that the average Catholic has not taken the time to learn Church history. And this is probably because he or she has never been encouraged to do so. But lack of such understanding of history makes us easy prey to the earthquakes and storms within the church that have always occurred.
So here's a very short and recent history lesson relative to the damage that Kiko is now doing to the Church:
It is now known that the much beloved and recently sainted St. John Paul II personally protected and promoted a priest and the founder of a religious order who was "one of the most notorious sexual criminals in church history." And this priest carried out his crimes right under the nose of the pope while raising millions and millions from entranced followers which he then used to buy bishops and cardinals and a place at the pope's side. In fact, in addition to becoming known as the greatest sexual criminal, he was also known in his time as the "greatest fundraiser of the modern church."
It is important - as we attempt to understand the influence of Kiko Arguello - that we understand how Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado was able to influence if not "sucker" the church for so many years and even one of the greatest popes ever. In the end, Fr. Maciel was brought down, but not before there was enormous damage. It looks like the same will be true of Kiko Arguello.
The best overall report on Macial that I could find is by Jason Berry of the National Catholic Reporter. NCR is a publication I normally don't recommend, but Berry does a very factual and documented job of it. I am copying the full report here and adding my highlights and comments [in red]. Take the time to read this so you can understand what is going on with Rome and Kiko Arguello's apparent license to run Rome as he pleases.
Legion of Christ's deception, unearthed in new documents, indicates wider cover-up
|Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, greets |
Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in 2000. (CNS/Catholic Press Photo)
Note: While Kiko Arguello is not reported to be involved with any sex crimes (though we have to question the seriously skewed preoccupation with sexual sins that we are now seeing from the seminarians and hearing from former members of the Way), the fact that Kiko is able to get away with even more influence (he has over a million followers - much bigger than Macial), is indicative of just how much more skillful Kiko is at buying up Rome and paralyzing its leadership to act against him.