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My ”surprise resignation” was forced by Pope Francis- says Italian Cardinal

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 25, 2020, 09:03:47 PM
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Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Friday said his surprise resignation was forced by Pope Francis, who accused him of using Vatican money to help his siblings.

The 72-year-old gave up the top position in the Vatican’s sainthood cases department on Thursday.

He also gave up cardinal privileges, including the right to take part in papal elections.

“The Holy Father explained to me that I supposedly favoured my brothers and their activities with money from the Secretariat of State, but I can explain,” Becciu told Domani, an Italian newspaper.

Becciu resigned ahead of the Sunday publication of a damning report by l’Espresso, a weekly.

Its front page, released in advance, reads: “Driving out the Merchants from the Temple.”

According to Domani and other papers, including La Repubblica (which is linked to l’Espresso), Becciu gave no less than 600,000 Euros (700,000 dollars) to a food charity cooperative run by his brother in his native Sardinia.

“I can confirm, it’s all accounted for. What’s wrong with that?” Becciu asked, indicating that the money was paid to the local branch of Catholic charity Caritas.

The cardinal also allegedly secured contracts worth “hundreds of thousands of Euros” for a company run by another of his brothers, who supplies doors and windows.

The company worked for the Vatican embassy in Egypt and also for the one in Cuba when Becciu was ambassador there.

The cardinal confirmed it to Domani.

“I have not stolen a single euro. I don’t know if I am under investigation, but I they are going to send me to trial I will defend myself,” he said. (dpa/NAN)

Re: My ”surprise resignation” was forced by Pope Francis- says Italian Cardinal

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 25, 2020, 09:28:49 PM
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“The Holy Father explained to me that I supposedly favoured my brothers and their activities with money from the Secretariat of State, but I can explain,” Becciu told Domani, an Italian newspaper.

Becciu resigned ahead of the Sunday publication of a damning report by l’Espresso, a weekly.

Its front page, released in advance, reads: “Driving out the Merchants from the Temple.”

According to Domani and other papers, including La Repubblica (which is linked to l’Espresso), Becciu gave no less than 600,000 Euros (700,000 dollars) to a food charity cooperative run by his brother in his native Sardinia.

“I can confirm, it’s all accounted for. What’s wrong with that?” Becciu asked, indicating that the money was paid to the local branch of Catholic charity Caritas.

The cardinal also allegedly secured contracts worth “hundreds of thousands of Euros” for a company run by another of his brothers, who supplies doors and windows.

The company worked for the Vatican embassy in Egypt and also for the one in Cuba when Becciu was ambassador there.

The cardinal confirmed it to Domani.

“I have not stolen a single euro. I don’t know if I am under investigation, but I they are going to send me to trial I will defend myself,” he said.

Okay, had to highlight and bolden the relevant sections of this cardinal's personal defence.

The reason I posted this news in this site, and in this politics section, is because Nigerian government and religious bodies are riddled with these types of nepotistic gratifications which they do with relish and unabashedly.
In fact what this cardinal did is the norm rather than the exception in Nigerian churches. Being appointed a top church leader usually means you "don hammer".

I know from personal experience SEVERAL instances where church leaders do what this cardinal did, and they still do it till today. In fact, I personally refused to go into priesthood because I saw these types of things FIRST HAND and, since church is almost a military-style top-down command and control institution, I knew I couldn't be happy working as a priest. So, I simply decided to become a "priest" another way... but I digress...

Many church leaders, and by extension political leaders, see what this cardinal did as nothing wrong by arguing that they personally did not benefit, or that the money was used for a good cause (as the cardinal tried to do).
But that is NOT the point.

The point is that the money should not REMOTELY benefit you or yours (even an infinitesimal relation).

What you are seeing is the difference between the Holy See proper, and other lower church authority.
The Pope did exactly what should be done.

IMHO, the church should ALWAYS serve as the "lamp on the table" for the rest of society, because political leaders come from the same society.  There is no way for the society to produce decent and selfless leaders if the church is allowing nepotism and cronyism, and passing them off as normal.

Both the Nigerian Catholic and Anglican churches should especially take note here, and stop these types of behaviours.
Our society will be better for it!

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