Like many folks, I get a variety of news updates in my e-mail. The one I got at lunch today made me do a double take.
Vatican Bank faces money-laundering probe
Say what?! I knew the Catholic church had problems, but I never dreamed the day would come when the Bank of Italy would be pointing fingers at the Catholic church. The article stated, "It is not entirely clear how much legal authority Italian officials have over the Vatican Bank, since the Vatican is technically a sovereign state."
Really? Well, that would explain that pedophile stuff which keeps popping up. But money laundering? Does anyone else hear the theme from "The Sopranos" playing?
I didn't even KNOW the Vatican had a bank. Hey, I was raised Baptist. We don't have a bank. I learned today that the "Vatican Bank was created by an order of the pope 'to carry on activities that are for pious causes'".
I'm afraid to hear what they define as a pious cause.
Their transgression, concerning 2 transactions totaling $30 million, caught the Bank of Italy's eye. But when Italian Bankers stepped forward to report it to authorities, they were advised judicial authorities were already looking into it. You can read all about it here.
Two things came to mind:
1. To whom do they confess?
2. Who's in charge of getting out that hand basket destined for hell?