Cardinal Becciu Testifies That Pope Francis Was Responsible for Vatican Auditor’s Ousting

Cardinal Angelo Becciu said Wednesday that he is blameless in the forced resignation of a Vatican auditor, because it came at Pope Francis’ request. Cardinal Becciu was said to be responsible for the sudden firing in 2017 of the Vatican’s first auditor general, Libero Milone, as well as the cancelation of an internal audit. But … Read more

Further Inconsistencies in the Pell-Becciu Affair

In a story that has more red-herrings than a Poirot novel, the drawn-out saga of Cardinal Becciu’s alleged financial improprieties and their possible influence on the case against Cardinal George Pell recently took another turn. On April 9th, an Italian news outlet stated that new evidence explains the real reason for secret transfers of over … Read more

Cardinal Becciu’s ‘Classified’ Tech Company Linked To Trump-Russia Allegations

The technology company to which Cardinal Angelo Becciu authorized millions of dollars of payments in Australia has been named in an emerging U.S. political scandal, raising new questions about the Vatican’s business with the firm. Neustar, a technology and security company, has been named in pretrial motions filed by John Durham, the special counsel investigating … Read more

New Indictments and ‘Cardinal’s Lady’ Shake-Up Vatican Financial Trial

Vatican prosecutors issued new indictments Tuesday (Jan. 25) against four individuals involved in a financial scandal over the Roman Catholic Church’s money-losing investment in a London real estate deal, further expanding the number of defendants in what is already being referred to as the Vatican “megatrial.” All of the newly indicted are familiar figures in … Read more

Pope’s Role in Vatican London Building Deal Arises in Court

Defense lawyers in the Vatican’s fraud and extortion trial accused prosecutors on Wednesday of defying a court order by withholding pieces of evidence — including an alleged interrogation of Pope Francis — as the pontiff’s own role in a flawed London property investment again came before the court. The president of the Vatican City State … Read more

Cardinal Becciu is Just the Tip of the Corruption Iceberg in the Vatican

Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s eight-year tenure in the Vatican Secretariat of State has left a trail of scandal and moral wreckage that makes for sensational headlines. But that may be obscuring the more significant and under-reported aspect of Holy See’s corruption problem, and that is the apparent involvement of Pope Francis himself, as well as numerous … Read more

Pope Francis and the Cardinal Becciu Affair

Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s fall from grace in the Francis papacy is unparalleled in recent Vatican history, and the Vatican’s public relations apparatus is portraying his case as an example of the pope’s commitment to cleaning up corruption within the Holy See. However, Becciu’s misbehavior was on public display for many years while he held the … Read more

Legal Tsunami May be Headed for Vatican Prosecutors in ‘Trial of the Century’

Somewhere out in the ocean right now, a small buoy is measuring wave direction and speed, along with barometric pressure and water temperature, feeding that data back to observatories. Even small upticks or downticks may signal the first stirrings of what could become a devastating storm. You don’t need special equipment, however, to detect warning … Read more

The Pope’s Corruption Problems

The reform-minded Francis hopes the upcoming trial of one of his top Cardinals will show he’s serious about cleaning up the Vatican’s finances. New information indicates that the troubles may boomerang back onto the pontiff himself. he biggest financial criminal trial in the history of the Catholic Church, scheduled to restart October 5 in a … Read more