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PopeWatch: Tramp Stamp

 

 

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

 

According to several reports out today, the Vatican will be issuing lower back tattoos to Catholics in honor of German priest and protestant reformer Martin Luther this October.

Although Martin Luther was declared a heretic and excommunicated in 1521, Vatican officials have reportedly sent letters to all Catholics that are “able and willing” to visit Rome for the “official issuing of the ecclesiastical tramp stamp.”

“We believe that Martin Luther, though deemed a heretic by the antiquated Catholic Church, is deserving of recognition for being a witness to the gospel,” said Vatican Tramp Stamp official Eduardo Rosalini. “Also because we want people to like us. No matter whether it’s our fault or not. We do as Christ did in the Scriptures when he apologized to Pontius Pilate, blaming hypocritical members of the Sanhedrin for driving [Pilate] away from a potential conversion to Judaism.”

Rosalini went on to say that, although Catholics will not be eligible for indulgences for getting the tramp stamp due to Luther’s stance on the issue, they will, nevertheless, be compensated with salvation “no matter what sins they commit after the getting the tattoo.” Continue Reading

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PopeWatch: Game of Popes

 

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From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

There was some exciting news for Game of Thrones fans who also happen to love Jesus today after EWTN announced that they are set to premiere their brand new epic, Game of Papal Thrones.

“The launch of the new GoPT series will truly be a global Catholic television event,” said Jonathan Nunez, Associate Producer of the series based on the bestselling novel, A Gregorian Chant of Ice and Fire. “Game of Thrones is already a worldwide phenomenon and so is Jesus Christ. We’re hoping to baptize, so to speak, the series made famous by HBO.”

The series, which details the power struggle for the papal throne (Cathedra Romana,) tells the story of eight men and one woman fighting for control of the newly restored Papal States. Political and chaste intrigue is pervasive. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Prince of the Apostles, asks his old friend Cardinal Robert Sarah to serve as Hand of the Pope, the highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Sarah accepts in order of business to investigate further. Meanwhile, “the mad sister” Marcia Allen and her religious family, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the deposed family, the Burke’s, are scheming to take the throne. The friction between houses Sarah, LCWR, Bergoglio, and Burke and with the remaining great houses Chaput, Mahoney, Ratzinger, and the incompetent yet powerful and conniving Chaldean Patriarch Raphael “Littlefinger” Sako leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest east. Amidst the war and pontifical confusion, a neglected order of monks, the Benedictines of Fontgombault, is all that stands between the realms of men and fiery horrors beyond.

 

The series is set to premier this September.

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PopeWatch: Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui Sentenced

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The Vatican trial involving Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui has come to an end:

 

 A nine-month trial against three former Vatican officials and two journalists for the leaking of confidential financial information came to an end on Thursday, with only one of the five accused going to prison, Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, who was sentenced to 18 months.

However, it is possible that Vallejo Balda’s sentence could be reduced to time served because he confessed his offense during the trial. A Vatican spokesman said Thursday he believes, but couldn’t confirm, the time he’s already served will be considered as part of the sentence.

Public relations consultant Francesca Chaouqui, the woman at the heart of the trial, was sentenced to 10 months. The tribunal declared that there was not enough evidence to prove that she had leaked confidential documents, but there was enough to accuse her of conspiring to do so.

However, her sentence was suspended for five years, meaning that if she doesn’t commit another crime under Vatican law, she gets a get-out-of-jail free card.

The other three who were on trial were Italian layman Nicola Maio, who together with Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui were members of a dismantled Vatican commission, and reporters Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.

Maio was declared innocent, and according to the tribunal, the two journalists fall outside of Vatican jurisdiction, because they’re not residents nor were they ever employees. 
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Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui Pregnant

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For a financial scandal to have legs there usually must be a sex scandal component.  Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, at the center of the exploding Vatican financial scandal as a suspected leaker, has announced that she is pregnant. This has all the potential makings of an Italian sex farce film circa 1975, for those who enjoy very low comedy.  The Pope’s recent statement comes to mind:  “How often,” he added, “have we heard a woman go to her boss and say: ‘well, I have to tell you, I’m pregnant’. ‘At the end of the month you’re out.”  Continue Reading

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PopeWatch: Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui Arrested

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When PopeWatch first mentioned Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui back on November 13, 2013 he wrote the following:

PopeWatch has noticed that the closer one pays attention to the day to day operations of the Vatican the more one becomes convinced that the Roman Catholic Church is the True Faith.  Why?  Well for the same reason that a Jewish merchant converted to Catholicism in the Renaissance.  He had expressed an interest in converting to a Catholic merchant friend of his.  He announced to his friend that he was going to Rome to see the operation of the curia up close.  His friend who knew the corruption at Rome was aghast and assumed that his friend would lose all interest in converting.  Instead his friend came back and announced that he was being baptized in a month.  His friend was happy, but asked him why.  “At Rome I saw how the curia operates.  If I operated that way I would be bankrupt in a week.  The Church however has been going strong in spite of this for sixteen centuries.  It must be from God!”

An example of the loopiness that one often sees in close observation of the Vatican may be summed up in Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui:

The woman whose appointment as a PR representative for the Vatican raised eyebrows, has been arrested, per the Vatican Insider:

 

Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, 54, Secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and Italian PR woman Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, 33, are under arrest in the Vatican. The arrests have been validated but the woman was released because she collaborated in the investigations. The investigation carried out by the Vatican Gendarmerie and judiciary  has apparently identified them as the alleged “poison pen letter writers” responsible for the latest document leak: two books that are yet to be published are based on the content of these documents. The books are titled “Avarizia” and “Via Crucis” and have been written by Emiliano Fittipaldi of Italian news magazine L’Espresso and journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, of Italian-based mass media company, Mediaset, respectively.

 

Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui were both members – the former was secretary, the latter was a member –  of the commission in charge of examining and advising on the organisation of the economic and administrative structure of the Holy See (COSEA), established in July 2013 to examine the accounts and papers of all dicasteries and to suggest reforms in order to elucidate expenditures and improve overall management.

 

It was Vallejo himself, the Prefecture’s number two man, who put Chaouqui forward as a candidate for the commission (the idea is that the Prefecture will go once Curia reform is complete). But doubts and criticisms were raised in the weeks after Chaouqui’s appointment by the Pope: on Twitter, she claimed Benedict XVI had “leukaemia” while other messages she wrote, which were even more grave, took a swipe at the then Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone and Italian former minister Tremonti. Chaouqui defended herself by saying she was the victim of false accusations that stemmed from jealousies with regard to her new role and complained that strangers had been interfering with her Twitter account.

 

In light of today’s clamorous turning point, the PR woman’s interview with journalist Denise Pardo published on the L’Espresso website on 17 September 2013, appears significant. In the interview, Chaouqui stated that she had access “to highly confidential documets” and also talked about her friendship with journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi.

Go here to read the rest.  Background on her from the first PopeWatch featuring her:

 

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PopeWatch: Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui

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PopeWatch has noticed that the closer one pays attention to the day to day operations of the Vatican the more one becomes convinced that the Roman Catholic Church is the True Faith.  Why?  Well for the same reason that a Jewish merchant converted to Catholicism in the Renaissance.  He had expressed an interest in converting to a Catholic merchant friend of his.  He announced to his friend that he was going to Rome to see the operation of the curia up close.  His friend who knew the corruption at Rome was aghast and assumed that his friend would lose all interest in converting.  Instead his friend came back and announced that he was being baptized in a month.  His friend was happy, but asked him why.  “At Rome I saw how the curia operates.  If I operated that way I would be bankrupt in a week.  The Church however has been going strong in spite of this for sixteen centuries.  It must be from God!”

An example of the loopiness that one often sees in close observation of the Vatican may be summed up in Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui.

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