Becciu accused of bribing witnesses against Card. Pell using $1.14m of Vatican funds

This is important. BTW… the Cardinal’s name is pronounced like “bétchoo”.

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  1. kurtmasur says:

    Wow, the fact that’s it’s being revealed on this grand scale is just too surreal. On the other hand, this only confirms what I had always thought, that Cardinal Pell had been set up.

  2. Admiraldr says:

    Technical question (not related to the post): did you recently change the settings for the RSS Feeds from „Full Article“ to „Summary“.

    I like „Full Article“ more.

  3. mcferran says:

    I didn’t believe “The Australian” newspaper when they printed accusations against Cardinal Pell. I have no reason to believe “The Australian” with their accusations against Cardinal Becciu. Christian charity demands that I ignore this mud-slinging.

  4. ArthurH says:

    I have believed from the first that Cardinal Pell– who was muckraking the dishonor and disorder of Vatican finances AND uncovering “who done what”–was setup by someone(s) high in the Vatican. Here seems to be at least one of the culprits; may the others similarly be brought to light and justice.

    And, maybe, while at is, we can finally see–though I doubt it– the truth behind the McCarrick disgrace, a truth promised n~2.5 years ago…. and counting.

    Financial scoundrels they may open up about. Sodomites? Don’t hold your breath, just nose, waiting.

  5. Benedictus says:

    Makes any secular corruption look like child’s play. This papal court has to go down as the most corrupt and the worst, from gay sex orgies, to uncle ted molesting 11 year olds in the confessional, to zanchettas promotion.

    Bearing false witness? Encouraging someone to bear false witness? We need to fast, mortify ourselves in reparation.

    Very sad to do this to anyone, let alone a consecrated figure. Sad that the successors to the apostles have steeped so low. St. Peter/Paul would be proud.

    Unfortunately Hllywd couldn’t have written a better script.

  6. Kathleen10 says:

    Wow. Just…wow.
    The church world works just like the secular world, only nastier, with more intrigue, betrayal, sexual perversions, and ungodly actors. What a terrible place for a man with any faith at all to be.
    I can’t imagine anything shaking out all these perverts and criminals than for the church to go utterly broke. Once they lose the money and the benefits, there’d be no reason to stay. When priests say Mass out in the fields, the faith will have a better chance. But with all the money pouring in from China to the Vatican, how can that happen.

  7. SanSan says:

    Corruption abounds. It’s always corruption at the vatican. Purge Dear Lord, Purge.

  8. iamlucky13 says:

    I would not have guessed that there was a setup like this. I’m not sure what to think about whether the charges were entirely trumped up, or an opportunity they seized when the plaintiff made his accusations.

    Regardless, it’s quite a shock to learn that a (now-former) cardinal is being accused of conspiring to tamper with a criminal trial for personal gain.

    I’m morbidly curious to see how the secular media reports on this (I don’t see anything yet from major outlets). Unfortunately, I suspect it will be seen as further scandal, rather than a positive step towards addressing corruption.

    @ Benedictus
    “Makes any secular corruption look like child’s play.”

    I don’t know if I’d go that far. 700,000 Euro is pocket change to many secular organizations. Airbus is paying 3.6 billion Euros in fine over a recently disclosed history of systematic bribery. The rumors are rife that people high up have obstructed numerous investigations of Jeffrey Epstein over the years, perhaps to avoid the possibility he might blackmail them. The entire world economy was affected for years in large part due to the mortgage backed securities fraud scandal that helped precipitate the 2008 recession.

    In a way, bribing witnesses in the criminal trial of an opponent seems clumsy and desperate.

  9. Pumpkin Eater says:

    Viganò had this guy pegged a long time ago.

  10. benedetta says:

    Couldn’t be more corrupt!

    [If guilty.]

  11. mo7 says:

    No matter how the secular media reports it, it comes out bad for our church.

  12. tho says:

    Between the Vatican, the Democratic party, Hollywood, and the fake news media, we are caught in a web of corruption that seems to have no end, at least in sight.

  13. Elizabeth D says:

    I’m not trying to imply that this is necessarily the source of the money sent to Australia by Cdl Becciu… but, recently I became curious about Chinese efforts to influence the Vatican and although I did not dig too deeply I did a web search and came up with a whistleblower type claim from earlier this year that China spends in the area of $2 BILLION per year to influence the Vatican with methods that can include bribery, but also internet social media stuff and trying to enmesh people in sexual things. They do that in many countries but the $2 billion claim was specifically about the Vatican. The claim was somewhat unverifiable. But one really wonders.

  14. Pumpkin Eater says:

    Somehow this news makes Cardinal Pell’s accuser (the only witness) seem more sympathetic. His motive was greed — not pure wickedness.

  15. JustaSinner says:

    Free Pell Now!!!

    [Ummm… he is free now.]

  16. JT60 says:

    His history seems to reveal a forked-tonged devil of the worst kind.

  17. JustaSinner says:

    Physically free, yes. Not free from the stain of the paid accusations!

  18. SPWang says:

    Dan Brown has nothing on reality.

  19. abdiesus says:

    I think based upon all the evidence we have about how the media approaches stories like this, we can draw some likely conclusions.

    We know from past experience that if the story were untrue the media would be trumpeting it loudly with wall-to-wall coverage, either to debunk it since the target is a leftist/modernist/progressive, or to promote it, were the target to have been a conservative.

    Therefore, since the media is (for the most part) ignoring the story, what does that tell you?

  20. JPaulZ says:

    Did Pope Francis address Vatican corruption in his encyclical, FRATELLI TUTTI, or was it omitted for brevity?

  21. nzcatholic says:

    It needs to be pointed out that The Australian is owned by Newscorp. The Newscorp media was rather balanced towards Cardinal spells conviction. The hysterical nastiness actually came from the state board caster The ABC , the Australia broadcasting commission or truthfully Australians Broadcasting Communism.
    With regards to The Australian and Newscorp many commentators were pro Cardinal Pell.
    Andrew Bolt ( an agnostic) who publicly defended Cardinal Pell many nights in print and in his prime time show . The Bolt Report.
    Miranda Divine (Catholic) who defended Pell in Print and in various television segments. Alan Jones ( Australia’s number 1 broadcaster) Peta Credlin ( former chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott) and now a popular broadcaster tipped for public office.
    I was in Australia during the trails and witnessed the whole thing yet was very surprised how some members of the media were on his side and argued his case very well

  22. PostCatholic says:

    About what you’d expect in a Catholic bishop, I’d say. Expose some more of their crimes, please.

  23. magdallena says:

    When Cardinal Pell was arrested, I knew immediately in my heart it was a set up. He got too close to the rot in the Vatican Bank and had to “go”. I prayed so hard that God would find a way to set this man free, but I felt in my heart that the world was too evil, and the poor man would be a victim soul in prison. Praise God he was released. If this is true about Becciu it is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

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