- Mar 4, 2021
Pope Francis’s campaign for financial reform has two targets. The is outright, blatant corruption, and the other is formed by cultural assumptions and patterns of behavior that aren’t generally perceived as criminal or even immoral.
Friday’s appointment of Catia Summaria as Promoter of Justice for the Vatican’s Court of Appeals is not mere tokenism, as the Vatican’s criminal justice system is becoming progressively more significant in the Pope Francis era.
For those who know him, and many do, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State and thus the top aide to Pope Francis, is not typically a figure who conjures up the term “daredevil.” Yet over the last few days, we’ve seen Parolin channel his inner Evel Knievel in three distinct areas.
The now-commonplace expression “the dog that didn’t bark” means that sometimes the fact something one would have expected to happen didn’t is the key to understanding a situation.
At the virtual launch of his new book, Cardinal George Pell opened up about what his time in prison before acquitted of charges of sexual abuse was like, and he also offered an evaluation of US President Donald Trump’s time in office as well as the need for a set of clear rules when a pope retires.
On the face of it, both actions are fairly straight-forward. Yet in reality, each lawsuit, filed in completely secular courts, raises a classic ecclesiastical conundrum.
The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election.
An Australian anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it was not investigating the transfer of Vatican funds to Australia because of a lack of evidence of wrongdoing, further undermining Italian media speculation that the money might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse.