“The Church does not survive on Hail Mary’s alone”
These words are attributed to the deceased prelate Archbishop Paul Marcinkus prior to him taking sanctuary from police investigations, in the Vatican, during the last Vatican banking scandal. It was a rather dark and nasty affair, where huge amounts of money were unaccounted for. The Italian Financier Roberto Calvi, also known as ‘God’s Banker’, because of his connection with the bank, Il Banco Ambrosio, was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge, London, UK. in 1982.
It could be conjected that the latest little Vatican banking scandal, reported today, Tuesday 21st September, 2010, in which money laundering is being investigated, will be a welcome diversion from the global sexual child abuse scandals that have come to haunt the Catholic Church.