- Jul 24, 2021
Though it’s difficult to keep an accurate count, the lawsuit against La Verità appears to be one of around ten Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu has either filed, or threatened to file, against various press outlets and individuals.
Like everything else in the 21st century, the Becciu case is becoming politicized and is emerging as a litmus test for broader attitudes toward the Francis papacy.
On Thursday the Vatican’s criminal tribunal held a hearing for the peculiar crime of shoplifting from one of the storage areas in the small city-state, with the defendant denying culpability due to his psychological state at the time.
A shadowy lay Italian financier named Gianluigi Torzi was called in to rescue the Vatican on a London deal gone bad, but now is charged with extortion.
Vatican magistrates have decided that one priest accused of sexually abusing underage altar boys who served in St. Peter’s Basilica, and another accused of facilitating that abuse, will be put on trial.
Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have praised a symposium happening this week in Rome exploring human rights, saying there has been a breakdown of the idea of a right, putting the development of humanity at risk.
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agaña, Guam, accused of the sexual abuse of five minors, was found guilty by a Vatican trubunal on Friday.
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals discussed the possibility of establishing regional tribunals around the world that would judge cases of sexual abuse allegedly committed by clergy, the Vatican spokesman said.