Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Holy Father famously doesn't want to be a renaissance prince but some of his courtiers are certainly behaving in style which is not too far away from that.
Immacolata Chaouqui organised her own little party for a select few on one of terraces overlooking the Ptazza of St Peters during the Canonisation of St John XXIII and St John Paul II. Holy Communion was distributed from whiskey tumblers by Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs and member of the investigative commission of economic and administrative offices of the Holy See, obviously not one of those 'leprous courtiers' the Pope has spoken about. Well, a whiskey tumbler is an improvement on the plastic cups used at Rio, it would have nice if he could have bothered to find a rochet or cotta just to show he took things seriously and wasn't there to serve the canapes.
Afterward the Canonisation whilst the plebs tried to find a pizza Immacolta had organised a buffet which apparently cost about 18,000 euros!
Immacolata has form. She is a 27-year-old public relations consultant who works for Ernst and Young, she described the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, as corrupt and claimed that he was involved in dubious business deals with an unnamed company from the Veneto region. In other twitter messages she fuelled speculations over Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, saying he was seriously ill, and claimed that former Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti was a homosexual.
It seems that if one is on the inside one can get away with anything, it is those on the peripheries, like the FFIs who are made to suffer! For all Francis' insistences and complaints of corruption and privilege it just carries on, now, as an Italian journalist friend says, it has executives from multi-national companies involved.
Well, who are we to judge!
Posted by Fr Ray Blake