Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis's Secret Battle by Gianluigi Nuzzi

By Gianluigi Nuzzi

From a bestselling writer with extraordinary entry to Pope Francis, an investigative examine the new monetary scandals on the optimum degrees of the Vatican

A veritable warfare is waging within the Church: on one part, there's Pope Francis’s powerful message for one church of the negative and all; at the different, there's the previous Curia with its unending enemies, and the previous and new lobbies suffering to maintain their not-so-Christian privileges.

The outdated protect don't back off, they're able to use all skill essential to remain up to speed and proceed the immoral means they behavior their enterprise. They withstand reforms sought by way of Pope Francis and search to delegitimize their rivals, to isolate those that are looking to get rid of corruption. It’s a struggle that may ensure the way forward for the church. And if he loses the conflict opposed to secular pursuits and blackmail, Pope Francis might renounce, very like his predecessor.

Based on exclusive information―including most sensible mystery files from contained in the Vatican, and real transcripts of Pope Francis’s admonishments to the papal courtroom concerning the loss of monetary oversight and responsibility―Merchants within the Temple illustrates the entire undercover paintings carried out via the Pope seeing that his election and exhibits the reader who his genuine enemies are. It finds the tools Francis is utilizing to reform the Vatican and rid it, as soon as and for all, of the overpowering corruption characteristically encrusted within the Roman Catholic Church.

Merchants within the Temple is a startling publication that would surprise each reader. It’s a narrative helpful of a Dan Brown novel, with its electrifying information of the trickery and scheming opposed to the papacy―except that it really is real.

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But audits are fundamental. ” Instead the situation was spiraling out of control. Just look at what is happening in the real estate sector. 12 We Cannot Turn a Blind Eye Josep Cullell from Barcelona delivered the harshest analysis: It’s true, the Prefecture can no longer afford to be so gullible, so naïve, but must set priorities and make sure the rules are followed … Our finances are unsustainable and completely chaotic. The Vatican has always been characterized by a kind of ambiguity, like the Kingdom of Taifa,13 in choosing a specific institution that would hold all the power, govern and establish priorities, and not only in terms of finances … Both in Barcelona and on the outskirts of Rome there is widespread poverty, also afflicting children, and this is a troubling sign of recession.

If a job was done without an estimate, without authorization, we don’t pay. So who will pay? ] We don’t pay. [We need to] start with a protocol and be firm: [even if] we’re making this poor clerk look bad, we don’t pay! God help us but we don’t pay! C-l-a-r-i-t-y. That’s what’s done in the most humble companies and we have to do it, too. The protocol for starting a project is the payment protocol. Before any purchase or construction job we have to request at least three different estimates to decide which one is more convenient.

The next to the last paragraph of the long letter containing COSEA’s requests set off the loudest alarms within the Curia. It was a specific, targeted request on a very sensitive issue in the Church that touched the hearts of millions of the faithful: saints, who through their actions set an example of universal goodness and love. For many Catholics, saints were objects of worship. ” The first battle front had been opened. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints was being summoned for questioning.

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