In two recent interviews, the former president of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), better known as the Vatican Bank, spoke about the relationship between members of the Roman Curia and a failed Italian bank, the manipulation of accounts at the IOR and how working in the Vatican led him almost to lose not only his faith, but also his life.
“The Church has nothing to do with these happenings. This is the Vatican, the Vatican Curia, where there is everything you cannot imagine,” Ettore Gotti Tedeschi said March 21 in his first interview with Italian media outlet Le Iene. “I was about to lose my faith,” he said, before adding that working at the Vatican also made him nearly lose his life. Gotti Tedeschi said that while many good people exist within the Church, some are guided by interests that are not evangelization or holiness. “Paul VI spoke of the ‘smokes of Satan in the Vatican,’ John Paul II and Benedict XVI of the ‘enemies at our backs,’ the popes said it,” he said.
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