- Jun 17, 2021
Italian police searched the offices of a Sardinian charity and diocese on Wednesday on behalf of Vatican prosecutors who are investigating a once-powerful cardinal on alleged embezzlement charges.
Before getting terribly excited about Pope Francis’s latest legal move to enforce accountability at the highest levels, there are at least three reasons to take a “wait and see” attitude.
If you stand on a balcony and chuck a brick over the side, and that brick ends up hitting somebody in the street, it’s no defense to blame the law of gravity. Similarly, if you build a PR bomb and take no steps to defuse it, you don’t get to blame the media for the blast.
In a surprise move, Pope Francis on Holy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the private apartment of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post earlier this year at the pope’s request.
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.