A preview of the next big scandal?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 22, 2017

Eighteen months have passed since I predicted that the next Vatican scandal would involve financial affairs.

Is this it? Too soon to tell. But it’s coming.

Pope Francis reportedly learned in May about Cardinal Maradiaga’s high-flying financial affairs. Also in May, the Vatican’s auditor general was forced to resign, and Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, was granted a leave of absence. Neither has been replaced. I am not suggesting that these events are connected. (We know that Cardinal Pell traveled to Australia to answer abuse charges; we still don’t know why the auditor was forced out.) But just at the time when the Vatican needed people to take a careful look at the financial affairs of the Pope’s top adviser, the people most likely to investigate were removed from the scene. This is not a recipe for reform.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 24, 2017 7:56 AM ET USA

    "'Why was this not ... given to the poor?' Judas said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions." [John 12:5-6]