Vatican Scandal Erupts Just Prior to Amazon Synod
Vatican City, October 2, 2019 –
Phil Lawler, reporting on the Catholic Culture website offers the following report that should be breaking news worldwide. Even with controversy in the air about the Synod agenda, it deserves full coverage.
This week’s most important… headline was not a big story. It was a huge story, a sensational story, a blockbuster. To be honest, I’m at a loss to explain why it hasn’t been given headline coverage throughout the media world.
A recent announcement by the Vatican on its website may help explain it. The media has been threatened:
Police—the Vatican’s own police, acting on directions from the Vatican’s top prosecutor—raided the offices of the Secretariat of State, the most powerful office of the Roman Curia. The raid—which the Vatican acknowledged was prompted by suspicious financial transactions—also covered the offices of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), the office created precisely to stop suspicious transactions.
The raids were followed by the suspension of five Vatican employees, including two in key positions. As I explained in a news-analysis piece, those suspensions, along with the few facts that have been made available about the case, appear to justify the suspicions that the Vatican’s former auditor general, Libero Milone, had about activities at the sostituto’s office within the Secretariat of State. Yet Milone was forced to resign two years ago—by the sostituto’s office, which threatened criminal action against him.
Something is seriously wrong here, wouldn’t you agree? Apparently, the Vatican’s prosecutor agrees. We don’t know exactly what is happening, but we know that the case—rumored to involve millions of dollars in questionable real-estate transfers—is serious. Serious enough to justify a raid by Vatican police on a Vatican agency.
This was the sort of open intramural conflict Rome has not seen for several centuries, the sort of conflict that could not escape the view of the Vatican-watching media. link
No First Amendment In Vatican City
Catholic Culture published an update to the above report. The information was taken from the website of the Vatican and was not attributed to any author. A key takeaway is: the Vatican is opening an investigation into how the information was released by the media.
It is reportedly the ‘Vatican Response’ to the breaking news of the suspensions of five top Vatican officials. Vatican Investigates Reporters
Laws that work and media that shames – Vatican
The five suspended officials include 4 men and 1 woman whose photos and names were published in an Italian newspaper, L’Espresso Republica, on October 2, 2019. The transactions in question included sales of prime properties in London owned by the Vatican, L’Espresso said. We believe in the innocence of the accused before being proven guilty in a court of law. For that reason, we will not embed a live link to the site. The information is available online at the following address: espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2019/10/02/news/vaticano
Moses and the Symbolism of Horns – A note about featured Image
The featured image is what some call “Angry Moses.” The sculpture depicts Moses upon the tomb of Pope Julius II, at the Church of Saint Peter in Chains in Rome. (San Pietro in Vincoli). It is considered one of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures, but it comes with a legend. It is immediately obvious that Moses has what appear to be horns on his head. The Italian tour guides have said they represent rays emanating from Moses’ face after he came down from Mt. Sinai. A seasoned citizen exclaimed, “those are his antennae to God!” Some attribute their presence to a mistranslation of Moses’ countenance from a simple Biblical Hebrew character that literally means “horns.” As with many of Michelangelo’s works, commissioned by the Vatican, money was tight. This is something an aging and angry artist possibly tried to convey. In ancient times, a horn was a symbol of power, aggression, weaponry and even royal status. The look on his face is admittedly quite stern; however, the horns are not demonic. Timeless Italy