- Dec 14, 2019
While it’s tough for outsiders to assess the latest round of purported scoops about Vatican finances and stern denials, what’s becoming clear, at least, are the dueling narratives at work.
An Italian author who was once tried and acquitted by a Vatican court for publishing leaked documents is claiming in a new book that decades of mismanagement, shady deals and decreasing donations will leave the Vatican no choice but to default.
“They want to strike the papacy,” Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said in an interview with Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, La Repubblica. “First they depicted a church largely made up of pedophiles, now they’re suggesting economic recklessness, but it’s not so.”
Vatileaks is turning into the Vatican’s own horror movie franchise.
After an explosive statement by a former papal ambassador to the U.S. accusing Pope Francis of ignoring sexual misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the journalist who detailed Viganò’s role in the 2012 “Vatileaks” scandal says he is credible.
The Vatican on Saturday admitted there were “signals” starting in 2013 about the case at St. Pius X Pre-Seminary, which serves middle- and high school students who serve as altar boys in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican said it is now investigating press reports that a student was 13 years old when he started demanding sex from a younger student at night.