Not content with merely running a prostitution ring and a pedophilia-molestation ring out of the Vatican, the Roman Catholic Church is now accused of running a money laundering ring. Such diversification, my accountant would be so proud.
Some £19million in funds have been frozen while an investigation is underway.
A £19million money laundering scandal rocked the Vatican today – just days after Pope Benedict XVI’s successful visit to Britain. Police said the Vatican Bank’s chairman Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who is known to the Pontiff, was under investigation for suspected failure to observe money-laundering laws. The probe was launched after tax police in Rome were alerted to two suspicious transactions totaling £19million (23million euro). Officers said another bank official – named by Italian media as director general Paolo Cipriani – was also being investigated. A statement from the Vatican appeared to confirm this – it said it was ‘perplexed’ by the investigation but had ‘full faith in chairman and director general.’
I can understand Pope Benedict XVI trying to run from allegations that he knew about all the sexy time going on between priests and boys before he became pope. But this is a scandal he can be proud of.