- Apr 1, 2020
In two wide-ranging interviews, the former president of the Vatican bank said that since he began working there he encountered “spite, traps, threats and intimidations.”
Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is one of the key players in the drama created by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò with accusations against high level Vatican personnel including Pope Francis.
There are so many bit players in the unfolding drama of a cover-up allegation leveled against Pope Francis by a former papal ambassador in the United States, a brief who’s who is in order.
Under Pope Francis, there’s a river of news every day, often making it hard to separate the important from the ephemeral. In that light, here’s a run-down of stories from the past year whose lasting significance still hasn’t been fully digested.
A three-judge Vatican panel on Saturday sentenced a former president of a papally-sponsored pediatric hospital to one year of detention, a temporary ban on public office and a fine of 5,000 Euro, all suspended on the condition that he not commit another offense, for the charge of having illicitly spent $500,000 of the hospital’s money to remodel the private apartment of a senior Vatican cardinal.
As a Vatican trial for financial misappropriation nears its end, the main question remains what it was in the beginning: Why is a former hospital official facing judgment for spending $500,000 to remodel a cardinal’s apartment using a now-bankrupt construction company owned by an old friend of the cardinal, but neither the cardinal nor the businessman were ever charged?