So Cardinal Maradiaga the Pope's friend and advisor has been accused of financial corruption in a report sent to the Pontiff six months ago.
There are lots of questions raised by these allegations, apart from what happened to the money:
- Who leaked the report?
- Why leak the report?
- Why now?
- Who would gain from its leaking?
- What influence did Maradiaga have on the Pope?
- Was his corruption limited to Honduras, or did it touch on his Presidency of Caritas Internationalis?
- Did he as Co-ordinator of C9 influence the failure of Vatican financial reforms?
- Did the Cardinal act alone or were other Curial officials and bishops involved?
- Are other friends and advisors of the Pope equally corrupt?
- What does this say about the Pope's judgement of friends and advisors?
- Have we moved into the lame-duck period of this Papacy which will end in further damaging leaks?
- Will the Pope gradually become more isolated as others are exposed?
- Will journalist decide to turn against Francis?
- What will be the next scandal in the Papal court?
- What will or what can the Pope do?
- Is it possible for the Pope to remain untouched by this scandal?
It is too simple to think some lowly official decided that yesterday, on Pope's day to address the Vatican staff on what has become 'bash the Curia day' would be a good day to embarass the Pope. One would like to think that this together with the publication of The Dictator Pope is an attempt to ensure that cirruption is brought to account. That too would be simplistic. Nothing is as it appears in Rome. The sad thing is that one's confidence in Rome and in those who surround the Pope is further eroded and it becomes easier to dismiss both the Church and her Lord