Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has frequently criticized Pope Francis, has been found guilty of dividing the Church and excommunicated in accordance with the Church's penal canons, the Vatican's Ministry for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a written statement.

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The statement said that the decision was communicated to Archbishop Vigano today and reminded that Archbishop Vigano had previously made statements questioning the legitimacy of Pope Francis and rejecting the 2nd Vatican Council (1962-1965), which regulated the Catholic Church's relations with other religions.

"I ACCEPT IT AS AN HONOR"

Archbishop Vigano, who served as the Vatican's ambassador to the United States between 2011 and 2016, was summoned on June 20 to defend himself against the accusations made against him by the Vatican's Doctrine of the Faith Council.

Responding to the Vatican's accusations on his account on the X platform last month, Archbishop Vigano said, "I accept the accusations against me as an honor. This church acts in a way that is disconnected from all popes in history and from being the church of Jesus Christ. I believe that the statements in the accusations confirm my theses."

Editor: David Goodman