- Jul 23, 2021
Though it’s difficult to keep an accurate count, the lawsuit against La Verità appears to be one of around ten Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu has either filed, or threatened to file, against various press outlets and individuals.
How the responses are fleshed out in the days and months to come will determine whether Saturday is indeed remembered as a truly historic turning point, or merely the latest chapter in everything in the Vatican changing so that everything can stay the same.
The financial reform of the Vatican launched by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and accelerated under Francis, while it’s made undeniable headway, remains a work in progress.
Pope Francis legendarily has a keen sense of justice and a hard-wired bias in favor of the underdog, but it’s also clear that Francis, like pretty much every reformer pope before him, is still struggling with the institutional translation of those core instincts.
A shadowy lay Italian financier named Gianluigi Torzi was called in to rescue the Vatican on a London deal gone bad, but now is charged with extortion.
Despite a delay in the formal swearing in of new members due to the coronavirus, the Pontifical Swiss Guard Wednesday still honored fallen comrades with a private ceremony held digitally for the first time.
Pope Francis said Friday in Mozambique that the planet too has been abandoned and maltreated, and she “groans in travail.”