Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI

The fourth Pope in my lifetime. 1978 was a bargain year; the year of three Popes. It's interesting to note that in the same week Benedict XVI was elected, Italian authorities have indicted four people for the murder of banker Roberto Calvi. Calvi, affectionately (or derisively) known as God's banker, was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982. He was President of the Banco Ambrosiano and had close ties with the Vatican and the American Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, who then headed the Vatican Bank. Banco Ambrosiano collapsed following the disappearance of £687 million. The Vatican had a significant stake in the bank and later, the Vatican Bank agreed to pay £132 million to the Banco Ambrosiano's creditors although it denied any wrongdoing. David Yallop in his book In God's Name tied the Vatican Bank's deals with the Mafia to the death of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, barely a month after his election, paving the way for the election of Karol Wojtyla as John Paul II. The death of John Paul I also gave Francis Ford Coppolla a storyline for Godfather Part III.

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."


grifter said...


grifter said...

what's a stroyline? a Trojan tale? are we on the right movie set?

Jego said...