No Justice? Vatican Rejects Auditor’s Lawsuit In Case Exposing Dirty Laundry

The Vatican tribunal has rejected a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by the Holy See’s former auditor general and ordered him to pay restitution in a case that exposed the unseemly side of Pope Francis’ financial reforms. Libero Milone and his late deputy had sued the Holy See for 9.3 million euros, claiming they were essentially … Read more

Convicted Cardinal Becciu Retains Luxury Vatican Apartment

Cardinal Angelo Becciu retains the use of a palatial grace-and-favor apartment in Vatican City, despite being convicted of numerous financial crimes. Becciu has been resident for years in an apartment on the top floor of the Palazzo del Santo Uffizio, the extraterritorial building adjacent to St. Peter’s square which also houses the Dicastery for the … Read more

Mixed Reactions to Vatican ‘Trial of the Century’: Will Anyone Actually be Jailed?

After a staggering total of 30 months, 85 hearings stretching over some 600 courtroom hours, 69 witnesses and almost 150,000 pages of documentation, the Vatican’s “Trial of the Century” reached a crescendo on Saturday night with guilty verdicts against Cardinal Angelo Becciu and eight of the other nine defendants. In a sense, the results marked … Read more

Former Vatican Official Angelo Becciu Jailed for Nearly 6 Years Over Corruption Scandal

The pope’s former deputy secretary of state and nine others have been found guilty in the Vatican’s biggest financial corruption scandal. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Vatican employees and two outside Italian brokers were among 10 defendants described by Vatican prosecutors as “actors in a rotten predatory and lucrative system”. Becciu, the highest ranking Vatican-based church official … Read more

Get Beccui!

What a trial… The Vatican “trial of the century”… Two and a half years now… two and a half years(!) since July 27, 2021… And it will end this week… (final defense arguments are being made this morning in Rome as I write). Two and a half years, and the expenditure of millions and millions … Read more

In Media Blitz, Cardinal Becciu Insists He’s Not a Crook

With the Vatican City court due to deliver its verdict in the landmark financial crimes trial in just three weeks, defendant Cardinal Angleo Becciu has once again insisted on his innocence and said he “has faith” he will be acquitted of all charges. Over the past week, the cardinal and his legal team mounted a … Read more

Vatican Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Cardinal, Confiscation of $460 Million from 10 Defendants

The Vatican prosecutor asked a court Wednesday to convict 10 people, including a cardinal, of a range of financial crimes, sentence them to three to 13 years in prison and order the confiscation of some 415 million euros ($460 million) to pay the Holy See back for bad investments and financial losses over the past … Read more

Pope’s Role in Financial Scandal Again Takes Center Stage

Pope Francis’ own role in the investigation into financial wrongdoing at the Holy See took center stage Friday in the Vatican tribunal, with witnesses saying he encouraged a key suspect to cooperate with prosecutors and a key defendant accusing him of interfering in the trial. Friday’s hearing was one of the most eagerly anticipated in … Read more

Cardinal Becciu: ‘Francis Wants Me Dead!’

I recently commented on what I found to be some oddities and incongruities in the case of Cardinal Becciu, particularly the behavior and actions of Pope Francis toward Becciu (see What does Cardinal Becciu know about Francis?).  As I note in part in the conclusion of that article: …the actions of Pope Francis toward Cardinal … Read more