On Saturday afternoon, word began to spread of the incident with followers demanding an explanation from owner Elon Musk and calling for reinstatement of the account.
The account is labeled “suspended” and all posts hidden, an action which Viganò described to LifeSiteNews’ John-Henry Westen as “shameful.”
Deacon Nick Donnelly first announced the “bad news” on Twitter, writing that the platform “has suspended the account of the courageous Archbishop Vigano [and] silenced one of the few voices amongst the Catholic bishops speaking out against the globalist agenda.”
They have silenced one of the few voices amongst the Catholic bishops speaking out against the globalist agenda https://t.co/qpD33CM7Uc
— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) July 15, 2023
Soon after, Michael Matt of The Remnant wrote on Twitter that he “just got off the phone with Archbishop Viganò who informed me that he has been thrown off Twitter. So, I guess free speech is fine here, as long as it’s the right kind of free speech?”
Just got off the phone with Archbishop Viganò who informed me that he has been thrown off Twitter. So I guess free speech is fine here, as long as it’s the right kind of free speech?
— Michael J. Matt (@Michael_J_Matt) July 15, 2023
Comments left under posts regarding the suspension express dismay at the incident and call on Musk to investigate the reason behind it and reinstate the account. Although the motivation to cancel Viganò from the platform is unclear at this time, it comes less than two weeks after the archbishop founded an international organization to assist priests and religious under attack for defending the teachings of the Catholic Church.
In recent months, Viganò has also blasted the “blasphemous” acts of honoring the anti-Catholic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at a major league baseball game and applauded those who gathered in prayerful protest of the LA Dodgers’ “pride night” on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Additionally, the archbishop criticized the globalist New World Order as similar to the “antichurch of Satan.”
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