Mel Gibson defends conservative Catholic archbishop punished by Vatican: 'You are a most courageous hero'

Mel Gibson defends conservative Catholic archbishop punished by Vatican: ‘You are a most courageous hero’


Mel Gibson is showing his support for a conservative Catholic archbishop whom the Vatican just excommunicated.

Last Friday, the Vatican officially excommunicated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, finding him guilty of schism. The conservative leader, who once served as the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, is a critic of Pope Francis. Officially, Viganò was ousted for his “refusal to recognize and submit to the Supreme Pontiff” and for, among other things, questioning the “legitimacy and magisterial authority of the Second Vatican Council.”

‘You are a modern day Athanasius! I have all respect for the way you defend Christ and His Church.’

In the Catholic Church, excommunication is a form of censure that bars someone from participating in the sacraments, such as communion,

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