Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Now It's Sistine Choir Fraudsters? Really?

With the Pope convening bishops from around the world to discuss the burgeoning sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church, this matter doesn't rank very high for the Catholic Church, but it's emblematic of endemic corruption. The Sistine Chapel choir's manager and director -- a layman and a priest respectively -- are under investigation for fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. The investigation, ordered by Pope Francis, has apparently been ongoing for months. The choir, founded in 1471, is likely the oldest choir in existence.

Little is know beyond the linked reporting, as the investigation in in the hands of Vatican magistrates. It's not clear whether the Vatican intends to turn the accused over to Italian authorities should the evidence prove their guilt.

BONUS: Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl is expected to ask the Pope to accept his resignation. Wuerl was mentioned some 200 times in a Pennsylvania grand jury report on decades of sex abuses by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania. Wuerl was a bishop in Pittsburgh during much of that time. A petition for his removal has received some 80,000 signatures as of last week.

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