Thursday, April 21, 2005

Marcincus - The Skeleton in Ratzinger's Closet

"A woman in her 60s answers the knock at the door. I ask for Paul Marcinkus. She says he can't talk. I give her my card. Please have him give me a call, I say.

She says it is unlikely that he will call. Why is that? She says he never talks to people about his past. So I go away from this humble white cinderblock house backed up to a country club fairway in the heart of Sun City.

In the coming weeks, Italian prosecutors will pursue new legal avenues to finally force Marcinkus to tell what he knows about the Vatican Bank's links to mob money during the 1970s and 1980s.

Prosecutors still may not get him. Marcinkus is under the protection of a Vatican State diplomatic passport, which gives him the same immunity as when he was hiding behind the gates of the Vatican.

Attorneys for Croatian holocaust victims want Marcinkus deposed in their billion-dollar case. They want to know what Marcinkus knows about hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Croatians by the Nazis during World War II. Authorities have discovered that much of the money passed through the Vatican Bank during Marcinkus' tenure as bank president.

There will be many more knocks on the door....


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