Vatican, corruption within

Torzi talks: Threats, blackmail, and prostitutes feature in UK court ruling on Vatican finance

The Pillar, March 24, 2021 What happenedA UK judge has lifted a court order against Gianluigi Torzi, the businessman arrested in the Vatican in 2020 and charged with extortion, money laundering, fraud, and embezzlement in connection with the Vatican’s purchase of a London property. The... read more

A Catholic Cathedral: “A Sort of World”

By Robert Royal, Catholic Things, March 22, 2021 Unless there’s a last-minute change of orders in the hours between this being written and the opening of St. Peter’s Basilica Monday morning, the Church in Rome will have taken another, bizarre, almost inexplicable step in an age that can... read more

Cardinal Burke Says Vatican’s Instruction on Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Should Be Rescinded

The former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura calls it ‘a direct violation of universal Church law.’ By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 13, 2021VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke has expressed his “deepest concerns” about an internal Vatican letter regarding new... read more

What Do We Do Now? A Reflection On Catacomb Catholicism

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, February 11, 2021 If there’s one question that has come up over the years of covering the crisis in the Church, again and again, it’s this: what do we do now? I’ve come to realize that we are, in many respects, through the looking glass when it comes to... read more

Joe Biden Eats and Drinks His Own Spiritual Death

By Austin Ruse, Crisis, January 21, 2021On the morning of January 20, 2021, at the grand Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington D.C., Joe Biden ate and drank his own spiritual death. That he received the Holy Eucharist from the hands of a Cardinal of the Church adds scandal upon scandal. One radio... read more

Preparing Now for What the Future May Hold

By Peter Kwasniewski, OnePeterFive, January 27, 2021 In my article “Have There Been Worse Crises Than This One?,” I explained why I believe the Church is in a crisis second to none in her history—a crisis of unique gravity. The question on the minds of many is this: What might happen... read more

Former Vatican bank president sentenced for embezzlement

By Catholic News Service, January 22, 2021VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer were found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales. According to a statement released by the Vatican Jan. 21, Angelo Caloia, who served... read more

Updated: Vatican intervened to spike US bishops’ Biden statement release

The Pillar, January 20,2021The U.S. bishops’ conference held back a statement on incoming President Joe Biden Wednesday morning, after officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State intervened before the statement could be released. The statement, from conference president Archbishop Jose... read more

Catholic Conscience and the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Annamaria Cardinalli, Crisis, January 19, 2021 On Thursday, Vatican News confirmed that both Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis have received the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, themselves providing an example, ostensibly, for the Church as a whole. In the world’s eyes, I... read more

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