Don’t you hate it when that happens?
Surprise, Surprise: Francis’ New Vatican Bank Chief Turns out to be Part of ‘Gay Lobby’
7/22 Update: Ricca Reportedly Offers to Resign
7/19 Update: Francis decides to keep Ricca?
- Vatican Denies: “Not Credible” (National [Non-]Catholic Reporter)
- L’Espresso‘s Sandro Magister Challenges Vatican: “We Have the Evidence” – Lombardi: “Francis has decided to keep Ricca in his position” (Rorate Caeli)
“The priest appointed last month as an interim prelate of the so-called Vatican Bank is associated with the ‘gay lobby’ at the Holy See, according to an article by analyst Sandro Magister released today.
“Magister’s column for L’Espresso recounts that Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, who was appointed temporary prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion June 15, had a relationship with another man – the ‘intimacy’ of which was ‘so open as to scandalize numerous bishops, priests, and laity’ of Uruguay, where he served in the nunciature from 1999 to 2004.
“Msgr. Ricca was appointed to his position, serving as secretary at meetings of the cardinals’ commission on the Vatican Bank and assisting in meetings of the bank’s board of superintendents, by the commission with the express approval of Pope Francis.
“He was intended to be a part of the reform of the scandal-ridden institution.
“Yet ‘just one week’ after the appointment, Pope Francis was informed by sources within the Vatican diplomatic corps of ‘some episodes from Ricca’s past previously unknown to him,’ Magister wrote.
“[…] Magister wrote that Pope Francis responded to the information with ‘sadness over having been kept in the dark with regard to such grave matters, and the intention to remedy the appointment he had made.'”
- “The Prelate of the Gay Lobby” – Sandro Magister’s original article in English (L’Espresso)
- “Italian Weekly ‘Uncovers Gay Scandal’ at Vatican Bank” – Gazzetta del Sud
- “Vatican Prelate in ‘Gay Romance’ with Swiss Guard” – France24
- “Is It What It Seems?” – Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican weighs in