Now that’s not a headline one expects to read. Nonetheless, Pope Francis had a chat with the press on his jet and conceded that finances in the Vatican involve “things that do not seem clean,” and added, “What happened, happened: a scandal.” There is an ongoing investigation because Pope Francis added, “There is corruption, it’s clear, With the interrogation we will see if they are guilty or not. It is an ugly thing, it’s not nice for this to happen in the Vatican.” Your Holiness, it is not nice for it to happen anywhere. From FIFA to Ukraine to Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit, there is corruption everywhere. Somewhere in that last sentence is the making of some kind of song. Bob Seger could do something with that line (Moline, Boston, Berkeley, Queens).
What we learn, however, is that human beings are human beings. Temptation is temptation. No one is immune. Pope Francis added that the investigation is going well. The Vatican Bank’s former chief and his 94-year-old lawyers have been charged with allegedly skimming the profits from property sales (50 million Euros worth). The Pope is also working on climate change, a world free of nuclear weapons, and corruption in Peru. That last one evokes a “Physician, heal thyself” moment (Luke 4:23).