Cardinal and Intimate Friend of Frankenpope Makes 35,000 Euros ($41,500) a Month

Cardinal and Intimate Friend of Frankenpope Makes 35,000 Euros ($41,500) a Month

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en.news – 12/21/17

The first councilor of Pope Francis, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, 75, preaches pauperism but receive 500,000 Euros ($593,000) a year from the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, writes the Italian magazine L’Espresso (December 21). Rodríguez is the coordinator of Francis’ Council of Cardinals.

According to L’Espresso Pope Francis is aware of this since May. In December Rodríguez received an additional 54,000 Euros (64,200 dollars) bonus. Rodríguez collected the money for a decade in his capacity as Grand Chancellor of the university.

Several witnesses are accusing Rodríguez of investments in London topping 1.2 million dollars that later vanished into thin air. Francis put the ultraliberal Argentine Bishop Jorge Pedro Casaretto, 80, in charge to conduct an investigation.

Rodríguez who is very loved by the secular media is one of the leading apologists of the alleged “reform” of Pope Francis.

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3 comments on “Cardinal and Intimate Friend of Frankenpope Makes 35,000 Euros ($41,500) a Month

  1. Posted by Fr Ray Blake on Friday, December 22, 2017

    Maradiaga: some questions

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    So Cardinal Maradiaga the Pope’s friend and advisor has been accused of financial corruption in a report sent to the Pontiff six months ago.

    There are lots of questions raised by these allegations, apart from what happened to the money:

    Who leaked the report?

    Why leak the report?

    Why now?

    Who would gain from its leaking?

    What influence did Maradiaga have on the Pope?

    Was his corruption limited to Honduras, or did it touch on his Presidency of Caritas Internationalis?

    Did he as Co-ordinator of C9 influence the failure of Vatican financial reforms?

    Did the Cardinal act alone or were other Curial officials and bishops involved?

    Are other friends and advisors of the Pope equally corrupt?

    What does this say about the Pope’s judgement of friends and advisors?

    Have we moved into the lame-duck period of this Papacy which will end in further damaging leaks?

    Will the Pope gradually become more isolated as others are exposed?

    Will journalist decides to turn against Francis?

    What will be the next scandal in the Papal court?

    What will or what can the Pope do?

    Is it possible for the Pope to remain untouched by this scandal?

    It is too simple to think some lowly official decided that yesterday, on Pope’s day to address the Vatican staff on what has become ‘bash the Curia day’ would be a good day to embarass the Pope. One would like to think that this together with the publication of The Dictator Pope is an attempt to ensure that cirruption is brought to account. That too would be simplistic. Nothing is as it appears in Rome. The sad thing is that one’s confidence in Rome and in those who surround the Pope is further eroded and it becomes easier to dismiss both the Church and her Lord

  2. [Does His Eminence’s unofficial title as “Vice Pope” have another meaning?]

    Pope Francis’ top ‘reform’ cardinal accused of massive financial scandal

    Cardinal Maradiaga decries charges as ‘half-truths worse than lies’Catholic News Agency

    Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

    December 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The cardinal who has led Pope Francis’ efforts to “reform” the Church is now accused of having received over 40,000 USD monthly for years from a Catholic university under his control, and of funneling millions of dollars to foreign corporations that have mysteriously lost part of the deposits.

    The allegations appeared in a report that was delivered to Pope Francis in May of this year which was revealed Thursday by the Italian newspaper L’Espresso.

    Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has wielded immense influence under Francis’ papacy because the pope chose him to lead the “C9” Council of Cardinal Advisers charged with reforming the Roman Curia. He was one of the key members of the liberal faction at the Synod on the Family that has resulted in a crisis over the Church’s teaching on marriage.

    L’Espresso reports that Cardinal Maradiaga is accused of having received over 40,000 USD monthly for years from a Catholic university under his control, and of funneling millions of dollars to foreign corporations that have mysteriously lost part of the deposits.

    According to the report, he received, over the space of years, personal payments averaging $41,600 per month from the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa, of which he is Chancellor. In addition to the monthly pay, he is reportedly given a Christmas bonus of $64,200. In one year alone, 2015, he is accused of having taken almost $600,000 from the university, which would be equivalent of ten years pay at a normal rate of salary as a university chancellor.

    Moreover, the report delivered to the pope includes an accusation that Rodriguez Maradiaga has made troubling payments to an intimate male friend of the auxiliary bishop of his archdiocese, Juan José Pineda, who lives in an apartment close to Maradiaga and who has shared his domicile with Pineda.

    L’Espresso quotes an anonymous missionary familiar with the finances of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, who claims that “there are expenditures that go to the close friends of Pineda, among them a Mexican who calls himself ‘Fr. Erick,’ but has never taken vows. This person . . . has lived for years in an apartment adjacent to the cardinal in Villa Iris. Pineda, who has lived with him under the same roof, has recently purchased for him an apartment in the center of the city and an automobile.”

    “Our fear is that the money might come from the university or the diocese,” the source added. “We have denounced this close and indecorous relationship to the Vatican as well. The pope knows all about it.”

    The report also indicates that Rodriguez Maradiaga has sent millions of dollars in archdiocesan funds to a financial services company, “Leman Wealth Management,” that ceased to exist after only two years in business, and which lost some of the money after having deposited it in German banks. In addition, more than a million in diocesan media earnings has reportedly been given to projects controlled by Bishop Pineda that witnesses say have only vaguely defined purposes.

    The accusations contained in the report were gathered from about fifty witnesses, according to L’Espresso, and include diocesan administrators, clergymen, and even the cardinal’s secretary and chauffeur. They are contained in a report made by the Argentinean bishop Jorge Pedro Casaretto, commissioned to investigate the matter by the pope himself.

    “The pope is suffering and is sad, but also he is very determined to discover the truth,” one source from within the pope’s residence of Casa Santa Marta told L’Espresso. The newspaper reports that the pope has reserved to himself the authority to decide on the case. It appears that he has not yet acted against Rodriguez Maradiaga after having received the report more than six months ago, although he has the option of accepting the cardinal’s resignation in late December, when he is requested by canon law to submit it to the pope.

    Rodriguez Maradiaga is a staunch defender of giving Holy Communion to divorced and invalidly remarried couples, and has made a name for himself by his bulldog-like attacks on the four “Dubia Cardinals” who have asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on the topic. He has accused the cardinals of a “new pharisaism” and of wanting to make the Catholic Church go “backwards,” and says of Cardinal Raymond Burke in particular that he is a “poor” and “disappointed man” who “wanted power and lost it.”

    Billionaire activist George Soros’ “Open Societies Foundation” sought to use the cardinal’s influence when it spent $650,000 to exploit Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States for ideological purposes, according to an internal Open Societies Foundation report published by Wikileaks.

    Earlier this year, the Maradiaga-led Council of Cardinal Advisers issued an unprecedented statement pledging their “loyalty” to Pope Francis, in response to an anonymous poster campaign in the city of Rome criticizing Francis’ leadership style.

  3. A preview of the next big scandal?

    By Phil Lawler | Dec 22, 2017

    Eighteen months have passed since I predicted that the next Vatican scandal would involve financial affairs.

    Is this it? Too soon to tell. But it’s coming.

    Pope Francis reportedly learned in May about Cardinal Maradiaga’s high-flying financial affairs. Also in May, the Vatican’s auditor general was forced to resign, and Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, was granted a leave of absence. Neither has been replaced. I am not suggesting that these events are connected. (We know that Cardinal Pell traveled to Australia to answer abuse charges; we still don’t know why the auditor was forced out.) But just at the time when the Vatican needed people to take a careful look at the financial affairs of the Pope’s top adviser, the people most likely to investigate were removed from the scene. This is not a recipe for reform.

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