The Vatican is Using Bill Clinton’s Playbook to Defend Pope Francis

The Clintonian approach typically mixed denial, attacks on the accuser (usually accusations of political motive), and the assertion that the attacks were a distraction from getting on with his work for the American people.  Cardinal Cupich seemingly absorbed an additional Clintonesque lesson, insofar as he added of Francis’ critics: “Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s Latino.” As it happens, the Pope’s parents were of Italian descent and lived in Argentina.  The Clintonesque approach proceeds from the top.  Pope Francis would say only that Viganò’s testimony “speaks for itself,” a low-key way of saying “consider the source.” Read more: