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Italians newspapers are reporting intensified investigative interest in Cardinal Sepe of Naples. (For English language reporting, see a recent article in the Irish Times .)

Cardinal Sepe may, perhaps, be a true son of southern Italy, using his position to distribute goodies funded by the massive landholdings and rents collected by the Propaganda fide in Rome. It’s a story that bears watching, and I worry that it will besmirch the Church yet again.

Sigh. Sex. Power. Money.

To my mind, the larger threat here is that an atmosphere of scandal will empower the goofy liberals in the Catholic Church who think that they can solve the problem of original sin by making the church more “democratic,” ordaining married men, and gutting the moral witness of the church.

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