Vatican, corruption within

Australia admits $1.5 billion error in investigation into suspected Vatican money laundering

By Gerard O'Connor, America, January 13, 2021 The Australian government’s international financial watchdog, Austrac, has admitted that it made an enormous blunder when it reported to the country’s Senate that 2.3 billion Australian dollars were transferred from the Vatican to Australia in... read more

After Secretariat of State shakeup, what’s next for Curia reform?

By Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency, January 7, 2021 The draft of the delayed document that will reform of the Roman Curia gives the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a more prominent place in the workings of the Church's central governing bureaucracy. But during the year 2020, Pope... read more

Influential German Jesuit Behind Synodal Path Finally Steps Down

Although his retirement was announced last year, Father Hans Langendörfer delayed his departure due to the COVID-19 crisis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 9, 2021 BONN, Germany — After announcing his resignation last February, one of the most influential figures in... read more

Vatican denies knowledge of $1.8 billion transferred to Australia

By Philip Pullella, Reuters, December 31, 2020 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican and the Australian Catholic Church have both denied knowledge of transfers worth US$1.8 billion which Australia’s financial watchdog says have been sent from Rome to Australia in the past seven... read more

Pope Francis Strips Powerful Vatican Office of Its Financial Assets

A financial scandal involving the secretariat of state has given fresh impetus to Francis’ reform agenda. By Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, December 28, 2020 ROME — Pope Francis has stripped the Vatican’s most powerful office of its significant financial assets, the Vatican said... read more

We’re Gonna Get a Whole Year Dedicated to Amoris Laetitia, The Evil Exhortation That Will Never Die

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, December 28, 2020 Pope Francis has announced that beginning on March 19, 2021, an entire year will be dedicated to the “Amoris Laetitia Family” (whatever that means): In his Angelus address Dec. 27, the feast of the Holy Family, the pope noted that March... read more

Report: Australia’s Church Leaders Were Unaware of $1.7 Billion Transferred From Vatican

The report by an Australian newspaper, which drew on documents from Australia’s financial crime regulator, did not detail where the money was dispersed. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, December 22, 2020 ROME — The Vatican and its associated financial entities transferred a... read more

Vatican is investigated by federal police over $2.3billion in secret transfers to Australia – but local Catholic Church leaders claim they haven’t seen a cent of it

By Kylie Stevens, Daily Mail Australia, December 22, 2020 The Vatican has secretly transferred $2.3billion to Australia in the last six yearsTransactions peaked at $581.3m in 2017, according to financial crime regulatorAustralian Federal Police investigating information received from... read more

Archbishop Viganò: A Den of Thieves

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, December 19th, an Op-Ed piece from His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò appeared in Italy’s La Verità. In it, the former nuncio addresses themes which have become familiar to readers of his other analyses: the Vatican’s complicity with... read more

On cages and evangelization in China

By George Weigel, December 16, 2020 Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” – meaning, in Chinese Newspeak, urging others to... read more

A Pope in Bed With Monsters

By Steve Skojek, OnePeterFive, December 10, 2020 The other day, as I was scrolling through social media, I saw a headline that caught my eye. “China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human-rights body hears.” The first thing I did was look at the... read more
The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao on Nov. 23, 2020.

Chinese Patriotic Association Announces Ordination of New Bishop