It was with a short, stick to the point, ten lines and three paragraphs press release from the Holy See to clarify its position regarding Ettore Gotti Tedeschi’s case. Gotti Tedeschi had been president of the Board of Superintendence of the I.O.R. (Institute for Religious Works) until May 24th, when he got an [...]
The bonfire of vanities. A curial story.
The last document released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was delivered to the participants to G20. Some of the proposal contained in the document were also part of the agenda of the summit. For example the tax on financial transactions, called a “Tobin tax” after the name of its [...]
Toward a Church Revolution. The last fires of the three empires
It’s almost certain that cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, will be appointed archbishop of Milan, the biggest diocese in the world. It was Benedict XVI himself who promoted the appointment of Scola: the Pope knows personally Scola, and – as usually – when he has to make an important appointment, he [...]
Undermining Holy See diplomacy. An impossible mission?
Would it be possible to eject the Holy See from the international organizations? This not such a new idea. In 2007, The Economist - English weekly which is widely read in government foreign offices – ended an article about the Vatican diplomacy with this advice for the Holy See: «It could renounce its special [...]
Ior. A backward scenario.
Porta San’t Anna, Vatican City. It’s the 1st of April and a non-Catholic patriatch is crossing the border between the Italian and the vatican States. He is known there, and familiar with the environment. He is carrying a suitcase. Just after passing the Vatican Gendarmerie, he turns left towards the Torrione Niccolò V, the [...]
Holy See, the Italian affair
The Holy See has always had a special relationship with Italy. First of all, the Pope lives in Rome. Second, it has a detailed agreement with the Italian Government -partly regarding also those ecclesiastic properties in Piedmont that were confiscated 150 years ago after the Italian Unification.
Third, Italian politicians hold a substantial influence [...]