- Jun 1, 2020
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.
Vatileaks is turning into the Vatican’s own horror movie franchise.
The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee is expected to issue a progress report Wednesday on the Vatican’s compliance with international norms to fight money-laundering and terror financing, particularly at its bank.
Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of the journalists charged by the Vatican in 2015 in the Vatileaks II case, has written a new book covering scandals in the Vatican. He alleges sexual abuse of a minor took place at a seminary within Vatican City, and that Mother Teresa’s account at the Vatican Bank was so large, the institution would have defaulted if she removed the money.
Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Original Sin: Secret Accounts, Hidden Truths, Blackmail and the Forces Blocking Pope Francis’s Revolution” hits bookshelves in Italy and France on Nov. 9. Nuzzi and fellow journalist Emmanuele Fittipaldi were put on trial in a Vatican court in 2015 after both published books based on leaked documents from a Vatican commission looking into the Church’s finances.
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.