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4. nov. 2015


Bemærk: bogen udkommer først Tirsdag d. 10 nov. 2015, på Engelsk.  Den Italienske udkommer d. 5. Nov.

Merchants in the Temple
Inside Pope Francis's Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatica


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Tom Kington, LA Times, skriver bl.a.:

One of the books, “Merchants in the Temple” by Gianluigi Nuzzi, reveals how Francis cajoled cardinals to clean up.

In a speech that was said to have been secretly taped, and reproduced in the book, Francis tells key officials, “It is no exaggeration to say that most of our costs are out of control. This is a fact.” He then repeatedly says that if a supplier sends an invoice to the Vatican for a contract handed out without competition, “God help us, but we don’t pay!” 

The leaks are the biggest scandal to hit the Vatican since 2012, when former Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was jailed for leaking Benedict’s private correspondence to Nuzzi.

In “Merchants in the Temple,” Nuzzi reveals how the finance committee found $1.75 million worth of stock listed in the inventories of Vatican shops that did not exist, suggesting that it had been purloined or invented.

He reports that only 20% of Peter’s Pence — the charitable contributions made to the church by Catholics around the world — are used to help the poor, with much of the remainder paying costs at the Holy See.

The book says that the Vatican’s real estate holdings are valued at about $3 billion, seven times the value they are given in the Vatican’s accounts. Some 5,000 properties that are rented out, mostly in Rome, yield minuscule rents and sometimes are let rent-free, prompting suggestions that they are provided as favors to friends.

In a second book, “Avarice,” Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi says that about $220,000 belonging to a foundation linked to a Rome pediatric hospital was used to furnish the palatial Vatican apartment of former Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

Both books are the “fruit of a serious betrayal of the pope's trust,” the Vatican said Monday.

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Forlaget, Chiarelettere, skriver om bogen, Merchants in the Temple:

From a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican

A veritable war is waging in the Church: on one side, there is Pope Francis’s strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other, there is the old Curia with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges.

The old guard do not back down, they are ready to use all means necessary to stay in control and continue the immoral way they conduct their business. They resist reforms sought by Pope Francis and seek to delegitimize their opponents, to isolate those who want to eliminate corruption. It’s a war that will determine the future of the church. And if he loses the battle against secular interests and blackmail, Pope Francis could resign, much like his predecessor.

Based on confidential information—including top secret documents from inside the Vatican, and actual transcripts of Pope Francis’s admonishments to the papal court about the lack of financial oversight and responsibility—Merchants in the Temple illustrates all the undercover work conducted by the Pope since his election and shows the reader who his real enemies are. It reveals the instruments Francis is using to reform the Vatican and rid it, once and for all, of the overwhelming corruption traditionally encrusted in the Roman Catholic Church.

Merchants in the Temple is a startling book that will shock every reader. It’s a story worthy of a Dan Brown novel, with its electrifying details of the trickery and scheming against the papacy—except that it is real.

Udgivet: 2015
Længde: 240 sider
Format: Kindle (iPad / Android / Kindle / Mac / Winodws) og iBook (iPad / Mac)
Forfatter: Gianluigi Nuzzi
Udgiver: macmillan.com

Website: merchantsinthetemple.com

Kindle $ 14.99 hos Amazon <her>  

iBook DKR 105,- hos Apple <her>

På Italiensk: "Via Crucis"  - Kindle $ 11.21 hos Amazo  <her>

Source: CNN Two members of a commission Pope Francis set up to study reforms, including a high-ranking Holy See official, have been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican said on Monday. It was one of the biggest internal scandals to hit Francis' papacy so far and was reminiscent of the "Vatileaks" furor that preceded the resignation of former Pope Benedict in 2013.

The Vatican is criticizing newly-released claims of mismanagement and internal rebellion. "Merchants in the Temple" and "Avarice," two books due out later this week, are at the center of the controversy. Some Catholic insiders are accused of financial greed and waste, and others are said to be blocking Pope Francis from making reforms. Two people are accused of leaking the evidence.