The Deep Church: From the Borgias to Becciu

The CINO (cardinal in name only) belongs to an old and powerful clique of corrupt, self-serving Italians in the Roman curia. For centuries, they’ve formed a kind of Deep Church equivalent to America’s own Deep State. Popes, like presidents, may come and go, but these entrenched bureaucrats keep the institution humming from one administration to the next. In that sense, they’re necessary. But the Deep Church, like the Deep State, feels entitled to run the show as they see fit. They’re the “experts”! Why should they subject themselves to scrutiny from these Johnny-come-latelies?

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