It’s always concerning when we see someone being persecuted for speaking out against a government or for exposing unpleasant truths about the institutions which have helped formulate western culture, but Gianluigi Nuzzi has taken that brave step and in doing so has become the Vatican State’s Edward Snowden.
Nuzzi’s aim is to expose the corruption within the Vatican and in particular within the Vatican bank. One of Nuzzi’s claims is that the Vatican have misappropriated funds gathered from church collections, in particular a worldwide collection called ‘Peter’s Pence’.
Peter’s Pence is collected in churches all over the world, and it totals about €60 million annually.
Nuzzi claims that in the last few years sixty per cent of the donations have been used to pay off bad debts accrued by the Vatican and its council.
Nuzzi also claims that the Vatican bank have in their possession hundreds of thousands of Euro held in the names of dead Popes, with no explanation as to the purpose of these funds or as to who manages these accounts. Nuzzi elaborates that in the Vatican bank there exists many hidden people with useable interests. He claims to have possession of reports which identify the existence of accounts of ‘lay people’ who have nothing to do with the Vatican, these accounts are worth millions of Euros according to Nuzzi.
The Vatican continues to be rocked by scandals over the last few years but blind faith has prevented a backlash which would cause the collapse of any other government in the western world. If Nuzzi’s claims are true it would mean that an institute we trust to carry out the good will of fellow man holds no integrity in its mission to help the poor. I think it’s about time we demanded full transparency as to exactly what’s going on within the Vatican bank and stop allowing corrupt organisation to continue stealing money out of the pockets of people who are acting in good will.
"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." Matthew 21:12-13