Jimmy Mac sent me a link to this article detailing the difference between Vatican finances and scandals in 2013 and now:

The first Vatileaks case portrayed an elderly Benedict XVI seemingly unaware of the power struggles and institutionalized corruption around him, while the two new books show Pope Francis vigorously pushing the Vatican bureaucracy to clean house.

People upset at not getting ahead the old-fashioned way, through patronage and privilege. Regarding the woman who organized champagne parties for Vatican dignitaries:

Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui … was sacked and became persona non grata at the Vatican. The reputation of Monsignor Vallejo Balda, who had apparently recommended Chaouqui, suffered as a result. And when Francis set up a new team to run the economic affairs of the Vatican, Vallejo Balda was reportedly disappointed and angry not to be a part of it.

Two books by the journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi cover the butler, plus more recent misbehavior. Does this citation give you confidence in the Peter’s Pence collection, millions of which funnels to the curia “wasted each year on the princely lifestyle of the cardinals and the below-market or rent-free arrangements of the thousands of apartments owned by the Holy See in and around Rome.”

I don’t feel dismay that financial and administrative reforms are taking too long. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn Pope Francis is quietly offering curia members a face-saving way out. One wonders if this is driving the shifts in management more than ideology.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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