Roman Catholic Church, Mafia, Masons, Fascism, etc., Part 5

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 23:51 PM
June 29, 2012

      Waves of criminal activities seem not only to be washing over the Vatican, but also over the city-state of Rome itself, which operates as a separate nation within Italy. Visitors to Rome and at the Vatican, as well as those who call the city home, constantly complain of pick-pockets, extortion  and even murder.

As second in command, Archbishop Bertone is responsible for oversight of all church activities, as well as for the city.  And that includes the Vatican Bank amid ongoing investigations about the Bank laundering money for the Mafia.

According to’s article, “Father Ninni Treppiedi: Prosecutors Investigate Vatican Bank Mafia Link,” Treppiedi, 36, (who has now disappeared) was serving as a priest in Alcamo, near Trapani, said to be the richest parish on the Mafia’s island stronghold of Sicily.  The Vatican suspended him from being a priest after a series of questionable transactions of church funds from 2009 to 2011.  And it also suspended his local bishop, Francesco Micciche.

Secular Europe blog and several other sources report that––because Treppiedi’s account was allegedly used to launder Mafia drug money and other fraudulent activities–– prosecutors have asked the secretive Vatican Bank to disclose details of the account.  But so far Vatican Bank officials, supervised by the pope and Bertone, have refused to disclose any records of the Treppiedi account.

The National Catholic Reporter says that Micciché had served as the bishop since 1998.  He turns 69 on the 15th.  The Vatican removed him from office last month “following reports that almost $1.3 million had disappeared from two charitable foundations run by the diocese.”  He is also accused of selling some 50 properties owned by the diocese to friends “at a tenth of their estimated value.”

Micciche blames Treppiedi for his problems, and he laments that the Vatican listens to gossip rather than getting down to the factual problems in his parish, including skullduggery among nuns whose quarters he tried to storm into in the middle of the night, accusing them of complicity in crimes.

However, at the center of the investigations however are connections both of these men have to Matteo Messina Denaro, who is said to be ‘boss of bosses’ of the the Sicilian Mafia, and who has been on the run since 1993.  Nick Pisa of the Daily Mirror writes of Denaro, “the FBI view him as the Mafia’s main connection with the South American cartels, masterminding the import of heroin and cocaine into Europe through his control of the Mafia and its network of families.”

But, if men are called of God to be priests, no less bishops, how can they be “suspended?”  And how can they and the Vatican’s finances be seen as tied to world-wide drug traffic.  How can Bertone dismiss such serious allegations as simply journalists who want to be the next Dan Brown?  How can the holiness called for in historical Bible books possibly be involved in such depth of sin?

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