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Vatican Raid on Secretariat of State a Portent of Things to Come? by Edward PentinOctober 7, 2019
By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Oct 04, 2019
This week’s most important CWN 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.
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.
This story has everything:
Drama: a sudden raid, with police carrying out documents and electronic devices;
Scandal: the clear suspicion of misbehavior in high places;
Irony: an investigation that centers on the very offices that should be in charge of such investigations;
Intrigue: hints that this investigation could eventually unearth another layer of corruption in the Roman Curia.
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? …..