Ed. Note: The following post is from June, 2015, and in it, Magister demonstrates his initial impression that Pope Bergoglio intended to “uproot the weeds from the Vatican curia” as he put it, referring to scandalous homosexual clerics such as the subject of the post. In time, it has become clear that Pope Francis, has not in any way “weeded out” the members of the so-called “Gay Lobby” in the Church.
In yesterday’s post on “The Wrath of the Lavender Mafia” we showed the true reason for the Vatican’s attack on Sandro Magister. Under this papacy as no other, we see clearly that the Vatican has, instead of an Achilles’ heel, a Lavender heel. While Pope Francis and his sycophant press portray him as tough on perverted priests, he has actually been quite the opposite.
But in case there is any doubt about the unfairness of the Vatican’s most recent hatchet job on Sandro Magister, a journalist who had the effrontery to report the truth about the Pope’s dear friend Battista Ricca, here is another Chiesa article from Magister’s file.
ROME, July 25, 2013 – It is enough these days to enter the offices of the Institute for Works of Religion to understand how flimsy the argument is that has been advanced in defense of Monsignor Battista Ricca, the prelate of the IOR whose scandalous past has been revealed by L’Espresso:
Three floors below the window of the pope’s Angelus, in two rooms facing the colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square, across large monitors scroll movements of money, past and present, of the clients of the IOR, before the eyes of auditors hunting for suspicious operations. The team is led by Antonio Montaresi, with solid experience in the United States, the new Chief Risk Officer of the controversial Vatican “bank.”
Every operation of dubious regularity is brought to the attention of the Financial Information Authority directed by René Brülhart, vice-president of the international network of the Financial Intelligence Unit, which in turn informs its sister authorities in the countries involved and if necessary the Vatican magistracy.
“Bad management”: this is how the president of the IOR, Ernst von Freyberg, dismisses the conduct of the previous director, Paolo Cipriani, who was forced to resign together with his deputy last July 1.
According to Ricca’s defenders – very active both inside and outside of the Vatican – by striking him the “old guard” of the curia is trying to block the rehabilitation of the “pope’s bank.” But the facts say the opposite. With or without the prelate, the remediation of the accounts and apparatus of the IOR is moving forward at an accelerated pace.
The affair of Monsignor Ricca is a case in point of the weeds that pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio wants to uproot from the Vatican curia. Against homosexuals who live in chastity, including priests, bishops, cardinals, there is no preconceived hostility whatsoever in the Church, so much so that, in tranquility, a number of them have occupied and still occupy important positions.
What the Church does not accept is that consecrated persons, who have made a public commitment of celibacy and chastity “for the Kingdom of Heaven,” should betray their promise.
When the betrayal is public, it becomes scandal. And to heal it the Church requires a penitential journey that begins with repentance, not with falsification, concealment, deception, worse still if carried out with the complicity of others, in a “lobby” of intersecting interests, licit and illicit. In the case of Ricca, the deception has hit Pope Francis himself.
About the monsignor’s scandalous past, and the present cover-up, Francis knew nothing when on June 15 he appointed him prelate, meaning his fiduciary at the IOR. He had been shown the file concerning Ricca that is kept at the personnel office of the secretariat of state, and everything appeared to be in order.
But over the following days a number of trusted persons sounded the alarm for the pope, in speech and in writing, over what had happened in Uruguay between 1999 and 2001 at the nunciature of Montevideo where Ricca had been in service. More information came to the pope on June 21 and 22, when he met with the nuncios who had convened in Rome from all over the world.
After the news of the looming scandal was published on July 3 on www.chiesa, Francis wanted to see Ricca’s personal file again.
This time as well they passed him off as immaculate. The chain of command composed of cardinal secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone, his substitute Giovanni Angelo Becciu, and the delegate for the pontifical diplomatic missions, head of personnel Luciano Suriani, did not even take the basic step of asking the nunciature of Montevideo for copies of the reports from the nuncio at the time, Janusz Bolonek, which arrived in Rome but were evidently made to disappear.
Worse, after L’Espresso last week brought the elements of the scandal to everyone’s attention, they had Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi say that what was published is “not reliable.”
When instead it corresponds in every way to the documents – ecclesiastical and of the civil authorities – kept at the nunciature, including the letter with which Bolonek implored the Vatican authorities to send him in place of Ricca a new and “morally sound” adviser.
In Uruguay, at least five bishops who were direct witnesses of the scandal are ready to report. “Es todo verdad,” it’s all true, ecclesiastical sources have told the leading newspaper of Montevideo, “El País.”
After seeing L’Espresso, Pope Francis himself picked up the telephone and called persons in his trust in that country, for definitive confirmation of the facts.
“Surely the Holy Father, in his wisdom, will know what to do,” was the succinct statement of the current nuncio, Guido Anselmo Pecorari.
This commentary was published in “L’Espresso” no. 39 of 2013, on newsstands as of July 26, on the opinion page entitled “Settimo cielo” entrusted to Sandro Magister.
Magister reported as well, on the chain of command implicating some high ranked Vatican officials in the Ricca cover-up, “Between 2001 and 2005, during the years in which Monsignor Battista Ricca was removed from the nunciature of Montevideo and finally called back to the Vatican, the chain of command with regard to him was made up of cardinal secretary of state Angelo Sodano, the substitute Leonardo Sandri, and the delegate for pontifical diplomatic missions, head of personnel Carlo Maria Viganò. This last would remain in this position until 2009.”
When reading this and the previous article, it is clear that Sandro Magister had faith that once Pope Francis knew the truth about Ricca’s perversity, he would surely cleanse him from the Vatican. However that is not the case. Instead, Magister is out of a job, his distinguished 41 year career ended ruinously. And far from cleansing the Vatican of these disgraceful men, Pope Francis seems to be quite taken with the serene theology they represent for him.
Pope Francis recently promoted Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., to a prominent position. Here is a quote straight from “Father” Radcliffe, who by the way, offers the notorious Soho “Gay” Masses.
When discussing fertility in marriage, Radcliffe expanded the meaning of fertility:
But not every marriage is fertile in this way. We must avoid having a mechanistic or simplistic understanding of fertility. Jesus speaks a fertile word: This is my body, given for you. He is God’s fertile word. And surely it is in the kind and healing words that we offer each other that we all share in fertility of that most intimate moment. When Jesus met Peter on the shore after Easter, he offers him a word that renews their relationship. Three times he asks him; ‘Do you love me more than these others?’ He allows him to undo his threefold denial. Sexual fertility cannot be separated from the exchange of words that heal, that recreate and set free.
How does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift.”
OK, did you get that bit of serene theology there? Sodomy can be Eucharistic! You’re feeling very, serene now too, aren’t you? And yet this man is promoted while a man who simply documented a tiny portion of the homosexual rot in the Vatican is fired from his job.
Poor Pope Francis, who obviously is so taken with this heady thrill of being in the Lavender Vatican he cannot see his job clearly to protect the faithful from these people, who pervert the faith and bring shame and scandal to the Bride of Christ.
Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!