This is the only silver lining:
One cardinal who rebuffed a Legion financial gift was Joseph Ratzinger.
In 1997 he gave a lecture on theology to Legionaries. When a Legionary handed him an envelope, saying it was for his charitable use, Ratzinger refused. “He was tough as nails in a very cordial way,” a witness said.
But in December 2004, with John Paul’s health deteriorating by the day, Ratzinger broke with Sodano and ordered a canon lawyer on his staff, Msgr. Charles Scicluna, to investigate. Two years later, as Benedict, he approved the order that Maciel abandon ministry for a “life of penitence and prayer.” Maciel had “more than 20 but less than 100 victims,” an unnamed Vatican official told NCR‘s John Allen at the time.
The Lord is bringing down this wicked cabal.
We do not find ourselves in the moral gutter in society without major corruption within the Church. I figured this out many years ago when I started the fight to get the bishops to retract the Winnipeg Statement. A wise man once told me there was cash in that one too. I thought that was a bit far-fetched. Now I am beginning to wonder.