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Mel Gibson Stands By Excommunicated Archbishop Vigano, Criticizes Vatican

James King, MPA
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Mel Gibson has come out in defense of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who was recently excommunicated by the Vatican. The excommunication, which cited charges of schism, followed Vigano’s outspoken criticism of Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council. The Vatican condemned Vigano for refusing to recognize the Pope’s authority and for questioning the legitimacy of the Council.

In a letter, Gibson expressed his solidarity with Vigano, calling him a hero and a defender of true Catholic values. “I hope you will continue to say Mass and receive the sacraments yourself — it really is a badge of honor to be shunned by the false, post conciliar church,” Gibson wrote. He criticized the Vatican’s decision and voiced support for Vigano’s stance against what he perceives as deviations from traditional Catholic teachings.

Gibson, a sedevacantist, compared Vigano to Athanasius, a historical Christian leader who defended orthodox theology against heresies and faced multiple exiles for his beliefs. This analogy underscores Gibson’s view that Vigano’s excommunication is akin to Athanasius’s honorable stand for faith.


Vigano has remained resolute, stating, “I regard the accusations against me as an honor,” reflecting his unyielding commitment to his beliefs despite the Vatican’s punitive measures.

LifeSiteNews confirmed the authenticity of Gibson’s letter, which highlights the broader conflict within the Catholic Church. Gibson’s public support for Vigano underscores the ongoing debates over leadership, doctrine and the future direction of the Church.