‘Vatican Funds Used to Bribe Pell Witnesses’
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An article from The Times, via The Australian. Sorry, I've tried twice to edit the paragraph breaks back in.

By Tom Kington
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu is suspected of wiring the cash to recipients in Australia who helped to ensure hostile testimony in the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell. 
 A senior Catholic cardinal has been accused of using €700,000 ($1.14m) of Vatican funds to bribe witnesses to secure a sex abuse conviction against a rival. Italian media have reported that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 72, is suspected of wiring the cash to recipients in Australia who helped to ensure hostile testimony in the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell, who was accused of molesting choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s. 
The scandal cast a shadow yesterday over the publication of a key Vatican document calling for a more caring and sharing society and denouncing the evils of war. 
Before he returned to Australia in 2017 where he was tried, jailed and acquitted on appeal, Cardinal Pell, 79, served as finance minister at the Vatican, where his attempts to clean up opaque accounting were opposed by Cardinal Becciu. 
Quoting leaked documents, the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera reported at the weekend that Vatican investigators suspect that Cardinal Becciu hoped to use the money to definitively derail Cardinal Pell’s transparency program, which threatened to expose Cardinal Becciu’s allegedly corrupt management of Vatican cash. 
Cardinal Becciu issued a strongly worded denial of the reports , stating: “I categorically deny interfering in any way in the trial of Cardinal Pell.” 
Cardinal Becciu held an influential role in distributing and investing millions of euros of Catholic donations as the deputy secretary of state between 2011 and 2018 before Francis put him in charge of running the Holy See’s department responsible for making saints. 
He was sacked from that job and stripped of the right to elect popes by Pope Francis last month, as Vatican investigators sifted through his spending record at the secretariat of state. 
Their suspicions are focused on a multi-million investment he oversaw in a luxury property in Chelsea, London, which allegedly lost the Vatican money while making millions for consultants.
He is also allegedly suspected of funnelling Vatican cash to charities and businesses run by his three brothers. He has denied all wrongdoing. 
Cardinal Becciu’s clash with Cardinal Pell came to a head in 2016 when the Australian ordered an audit of Vatican finances by an external accountancy firm. Soon after it was launched Cardinal Becciu overruled Cardinal Pell and blocked the audit.
 A year later, he was behind the ousting of the Vatican’s auditor general, Libero Milone, who was accused of spying on officials. 
“Milone was Pell’s right-hand man and the enmity between Pell and Becciu was huge,” Massimo Franco, the author of The Enigma of Bergoglio, a new book about Francis, said. 
After 13 months in jail and his acquittal in April, Cardinal Pell returned to Rome on September 30.
On hearing of Cardinal Becciu’s sacking, he said: “The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments.” Reacting to the comments, Cardinal Becciu said he had tried to block Cardinal Pell’s reforms, “because he had wanted to apply laws that hadn’t been promulgated yet”. 
Cardinal Becciu added that he had lost his patience when Cardinal Pell accused him of being dishonest in front of the Pope. “I couldn’t allow him to say something like that . . . from the time I was a child, I had always been taught by my parents to be honest,” he said. 
Pope Francis sought to steer the Vatican back to its core message of peaceful solidarity yesterday with the release of an encyclical document, Fratelli Tutti, which urges the world to rediscover its sense of charity as it battles Covid-19. 
“If only we might keep in mind all those elderly persons who died for lack of respirators, partly as a result of the dismantling, year after year, of healthcare systems,” he said. Releasing the e-document on the feast day of his namesake St Francis, who assisted the poor and preached peace, the Pope stated that war was never warranted, rejecting the Catholic Church’s traditional concept of a “just war”.
Questioning whether the right to private property was “absolute or inviolable”, he quoted early Christian thinkers who claimed, “if one person lacks what is necessary to live with dignity, it is because another person is detaining it”. 
Francis said the coronavirus pandemic had confirmed his belief that present political and economic institutions must be reformed to address the legitimate needs of the people most harmed by the coronavirus.
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How scandalous. I hope it's not true.
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In relation to the Cardinal's brothers this is from the Code of Canon Law;

 Can. 1298 Unless an asset is of little value, ecclesiastical goods are not to be sold or leased to the administrators of these goods or to their relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity without the special written permission of competent authority.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P4S.HTM
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Quote:A senior Catholic cardinal has been accused of using €700,000 ($1.14m) of Vatican funds to bribe witnesses to secure a sex abuse conviction against a rival. Italian media have reported that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 72, is suspected of wiring the cash to recipients in Australia who helped to ensure hostile testimony in the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell...

These people are evil to a depth that most of us simply cannot understand. These are remorseless, murderous psychopaths. They don’t believe in one iota of the Faith.

Also, it can not be emphasized enough that, on the one hand, Bergoglio had his right hand man pay over a million $ in bribes to send ++Pell to prison for life, but on the other hand, there is simply no way Pope Benedict was, and is still being, coerced out of fear into his abdication?
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(10-06-2020, 10:13 AM)Bonaventure Wrote: Also, it can not be emphasized enough that, on the one hand, Bergoglio had his right hand man pay over a million $ in bribes to send ++Pell to prison for life, but on the other hand, there is simply no way Pope Benedict was, and is still being, coerced out of fear into his abdication?

I don't know why everyone keeps giving Francis all the blame. It was Benedict who started Becciu's rise to power. He made him Sosituto, the third most powerful man in the Vatican and the one who essentially controlled the purse strings. The financing of the London real estate deal with Peter's Pence took place on Benedict's watch. It is quite possible that the financing of the semi-pornographic movie on Elton John began on Benedict's watch as well. I think it's more likely that Benedict wanted out before the excrement hit the wind generating device.
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Actually there are some other possibilities;

Again, it must be noted that there are no documents, no direct quotes, no proofs or confirmations of any aspects of the story. There are, therefore, a few possibilities:
It is possible that the Italian newspapers claiming to have spoken with first-hand sources have been misled, by someone with an agenda, or someone exaggerating rumors to gain stature or establish a narrative. This should not be considered outside the realm of possibility by anyone familiar with some outlets in the Italian press.
It is possible that Msgr. Perlasca is actually the source of the allegations, and he is not telling the truth - although, since a bank transfer from the Vatican to Australia could be easily proven, lying about one seems inadvisable, and therefore unlikely.

It is possible a transfer occurred to some Catholic entity in Australia, but for an innocuous purpose that has been mischaracterized. If that is true, it is likely easily discovered and easily demonstrated.

Or, it is possible that the substance of the allegation is true. The idea that a cardinal would act so nefariously is unsettling to many, and should not be proffered lightly. But it is among the possibilities. If it is true, it might come out in any future trial involving Becciu, or, given the nature of the Vatican, it might never come into the light at all.


https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/...-few-12832

I think we should withhold judgement until all the facts are in. 
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