Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Breaking news from Sandro Magister on the Vatican Bank and homosexual scandal

Yesterday in a post on the latest Vatican Bank developments I suggested we hadn't seen the last of the sex scandal claims.

Today, the influential Sandro Magister has posted over at Chiesa suggesting that Pope Francis' recent appointment of Monsignor Battista Ricca as a cleanskin to clean up the Bank is about to be revoked in the light of allegations that he is implicated in the pink mafia scandal.

Chiesa on the chequered history of the Pope's appointee...

Magister reveals:

"Last June 15 Jorge Mario Bergoglio appointed Monsignor Battista Ricca, 57, "prelate" of the IOR precisely in order to place a highly trusted person in a key role within the Institute. With statutory power to access the proceedings and documents and to participate in the meetings both of the cardinalate commission of oversight and of the supervisory board of the Vatican "bank."

Ricca renders diplomatic service at the secretariat of state. But he won the pope's trust above all through the familiar relations he established with him as director of the Domus Sanctae Marthae - where Francis chose to reside - and of two other residences for priests and bishops passing through Rome, including the one on Via della Scrofa at which Bergoglio used to stay as a cardinal.

In covering the news of his appointment as “prelate” of the IOR, the media all over the world agreed in tracing this back personally to the pope and in attributing to the figure a reputation as "incorruptible," as a man suited to “clean house.”

But in the course of his diplomatic career, when he was in service abroad, Ricca left behind himself precedents of a different nature.

After rendering service over the span of a decade in Congo, in Algeria, in Colombia, and in Switzerland, at the end of 1999 he found himself working in Uruguay with the nuncio Janusz Bolonek, from Poland, now a pontifical representative in Bulgaria. But he remained with him for little more than a year. In 2001, Ricca was transferred to the nunciature of Trinidad and Tobago, after which he was called to the Vatican.

The black hole in Ricca's personal history is the year he spent in Uruguay, in Montevideo, on the northern bank of the Rio de la Plata, across from Buenos Aires.

What provoked the rupture with the nuncio Bolonek and his sudden transfer can be summarized in two expressions used by those who confidentially examined his case in Uruguay: “pink power” and “conducta escandalosa.”

Pope Francis was entirely unaware of this precedent when he appointed Ricca prelate of the IOR.

But during the latter half of June, with all the nuncios having convened in Rome to meet with him in person - including during the concert in his honor that he deserted on the 22nd of the month - he became convinced, thanks to not one but several incontrovertible sources, that he had put his trust in the wrong person."

So perhaps Michael Voris was indeed right!

And oh dear, Curia reform is so not going to be an easy road....

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