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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, May 12, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at


The Vatican’s financial “trial of the century” is limping toward a conclusion that, when it finally comes, is likely to satisfy no one. With each new court session it seems less likely that the Vatican tribunal will reach a clear conclusion. Meanwhile each new revelation confirms suspicions that Vatican officials should not be trusted with major financial investments.

Last week’s appearance before a Vatican tribunal of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the most prominent defendant, could have provided the dramatic highlight of this judicial marathon. But the complexity of the case, the uncertainties surrounding his defense, and the unfamiliar structure of the Vatican judicial system all make it difficult to follow the drama. For readers willing to take a deep dive into the arcana of the case, I recommend the coverage offered by The Pillar, whose reporters have carefully followed both the legal maneuvering in this case and the equally labyrinthine financial shenanigans that prompted the prosecution. …

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