- Oct 25, 2020
Following the eternal logic of cherchez la femme, the recent scandal surrounding Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu now has served up its own female lead: Cecilia Marogna, a 39-year-old lay Italian professional now under arrest in Milan awaiting possible extradition to the Vatican to face a criminal trial there.
Back in the 19th century, French novelist and journalist Edmond About was considered the Tocqueville of the Papal States, and he had a fairly cynical view of papal justice. As the latest Vatican trial opens, it’s interesting to apply his tests. There’s also some question marks about the timing of the trial, and a juicy irony waiting to be exploited surrounding the name of one of the defense lawyers.
In her new book “Nel Nome di Pietro” (“In the Name of Peter”), Vatileaks 2.0 defendant Francesca Chaouqui provides few new revelations of Vatican financial scandals, instead trying to reframe her own image from femme fatale to idealistic reformer who ran afoul of powerful vested interests.
In a gesture of mercy shortly before Christmas, Pope Francis has agreed to grant the lone defendant in the “Vatileaks 2.0” trial sentenced to jail a form of “conditional freedom,” allowing him to exit Vatican custody after serving roughly half of an 18-month term.