May 25

Vatican bank president Gotti Tedeschi ousted -statement (Reuters, May 25, 2012):

May 24 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank’s board of directors voted unanimously on Thursday to oust President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and will seek to renew the lender’s ties with the world’s financial community, a statement from the Holy See said.

The board voted no confidence in Gotti Tedeschi “for not carrying out various fundamental functions of his office,” the Vatican said without giving details.

A new president will be hired to renew relataions with the international banking community, it said. The statement confirmed an earlier report from a senior Vatican source.

Vatican bank chief forced out after money-laundering scandal (Daily Herald May 25, 2012):

The Vatican bank, whose reputation took a blow last year over an investigation into money laundering, has fired Chairman Ettore Gotti Tedeschi after a tenure stained by a financial scandal.

In a vote of no-confidence, the board of directors unanimously agreed to remove Tedeschi, a Banco Santander SA banker who took the job in 2009, from his post for failing “to carry out various duties of primary importance,” according to a statement yesterday by Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

“I would rather say nothing otherwise I would only have ugly words to say,” Tedeschi told reporters in Rome, according to Italian news agency Ansa.

Close confidante: Pope Benedict XVI. and Gotti Tedeschi

Google translation (Original German article below.):

Vatican Bank chief falls from grace and assigns (ARD/Tagesschau,, May 25, 2012):

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former head of the Italy-Spain’s Santander bank should take account of the Vatican Bank in order and free them from Ruch shady business. But then the expert on financial ethics became even suspected to launder money, which was rejected by the Vatican. Surprisingly, he now lost the confidence of the bank board – and his office.

Although the reasons are not clear: either the Vatican once again bullied quite unholy or there is a new scandal into the house. The head of the Vatican Bank IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, namely, last night resigned as a complete surprise – or he has resigned.

In the afternoon he had spoken of the Supervisory Board of the Institute unanimously mistrust. This is surprising, because Opus Dei man Gotti Tedeschi, a former chief Santander banker in Italy was as honest and true professional was only three years ago was brought in as Aufräumer for IOR.

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Apr 27

Cardinal given ‘pontifical mandate’ to hunt Holy See staffers releasing documents on corruption claims in ‘Vatileaks’ scandal

Cardinal Julian Herranz has been used as an enforcer by the pope before during Vatican inquiries. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pope calls in Opus Dei troubleshooter to uncover source of Vatican leaks (Guardian, April 26, 2012):

Vatican staffers who have been leaking embarrassing letters about corruption and nepotism inside the tiny city state are to be hunted down by a crack squad of cardinals led by a senior member of the religious group Opus Dei.

Irritated by the anonymous release of documents to the press this year, Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Julian Herranz, 82, to lead a three-man team which will haul in staffers for questioning and rifle through files until they catch the perpetrators of what has been dubbed “Vatileaks”.

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Feb 19

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Jan 27

In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama and his dissatisfaction with the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

“Just when we needed an angry black man,” he began, his arm perched jauntily on the podium, “we didn’t get one.”

It quickly went downhill from there.

Hersh, whose exposés of gross abuses by members of the U.S. military in Vietnam and Iraq have earned him worldwide fame and high journalistic honors, said he was writing a book on what he called the “Cheney-Bush years” and saw little difference between that period and the Obama administration.

He said that he was keeping a “checklist” of aggressive U.S. policies that remained in place, including torture and “rendition” of terrorist suspects to allied countries, which he alleged was ongoing.

He also charged that U.S. foreign policy had been hijacked by a cabal of neoconservative “crusaders” in the former vice president’s office and now in the special operations community.

“What I’m really talking about is how eight or nine neoconservative, radicals* if you will, overthrew the American government. Took it over,” he said of his forthcoming book. “It’s not only that the neocons took it over but how easily they did it — how Congress disappeared, how the press became part of it, how the public acquiesced.”

Hersh then brought up the widespread looting that took place in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. “In the Cheney shop, the attitude was, ‘What’s this? What are they all worried about, the politicians and the press, they’re all worried about some looting? … Don’t they get it? We’re gonna change mosques into cathedrals. And when we get all the oil, nobody’s gonna give a damn.'”

“That’s the attitude,” he continued. “We’re gonna change mosques into cathedrals. That’s an attitude that pervades, I’m here to say, a large percentage of the Joint Special Operations Command.”

He then alleged that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before briefly becoming the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his successor, Vice Adm. William McRaven, as well as many within JSOC, “are all members of, or at least supporters of, Knights of Malta.”

Hersh may have been referring to the Sovereign Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic organization commited to “defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering,” according to its website.

“Many of them are members of Opus Dei,” Hersh continued. “They do see what they’re doing — and this is not an atypical attitude among some military — it’s a crusade, literally. They see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They’re protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function.”

“They have little insignias, these coins they pass among each other, which are crusader coins,” he continued. “They have insignia that reflect the whole notion that this is a culture war. … Right now, there’s a tremendous, tremendous amount of anti-Muslim feeling in the military community.”

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