Thoughts on the surprisingly sudden fall of the Vatican’s J. Edgar Hoover

Crux | 10/15/2019 | Staff
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ROME - For many of the roughly 300 participants in the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, this is their first extended experience of the Vatican. As it happens, while they’re in town the place is more than living up to its reputation for intrigue, backstabbing and obscure developments that leave more questions open than they resolve.

On Monday, the Vatican announced the resignation of Domenico Giani, the 57-year-old commander of the Vatican gendarmes, after 13 years at the helm. His departure comes in the wake of the disastrous leak of an order signed by Giani regarding five Vatican employees who’d been suspended over allegations of financial wrongdoing, following a spectacular raid on the offices of two of the Vatican’s most sensitive departments, the Financial Information Authority and the Secretariat of State.

Affair - Talk - Environment - People

The affair has produced unusually open talk of a poisoned environment, from people who ought to know.

“Unfortunately, inside the Vatican a sense of loyalty and fidelity to the institutions is diminishing,” said Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a former number two official in the Secretariat of State and currently the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Hatreds - Power - Struggles - Sense - Church

“If we tear ourselves apart and attack each other amid hatreds and power struggles, then the sense of being Church is lost,” he said. The comment is especially striking given that one of the five people caught up in the raid, Monsignor Mauro Carlino, is a longtime aide to Becciu, and many observers suspect that Becciu is likely the ultimate author of whatever maneuver is under review.

Various Italian media outlets published photos of the five individuals at the center of the inquest. According to reports, Pope Francis was furious about the leak, especially because it’s not yet clear what, if anything, the five people involved actually did wrong.

Statement - Tuesday

A Vatican statement Tuesday...
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