After reading the entire article, posted in 3 parts recently, which indicated that Ms. Minardi was under the influence of drugs at times, I realized that more research was in order to determine how true her observations were likely to have been. In addition to the details described in the article, this story definitely has other tentacles and serious implications.
One of the weightiest is the story of Propaganda Due (P2). This organization was originally a valid Masonic organization, but then was made illegal in Italy. It was strongly anti Communist, and given Pope John Paul II's activities in support of Lech Walesa leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the link to Mafia money and related events is especially problematic. P2 also had branches in other countries included Argentina during the terrible period of repression and disappearances.
I came upon other questions that also beg for details and answers. For example: Why was Archibishop Marcinkus (from Chicago) wandering the Vatican halls the night John Paul I died suddenly? Besides using Mafia money to finance Lech Walesa and Solidarity in Poland was the Vatican also involved in the Iran/Contra affair? Ms. Minardi swears she saw the body of Emanuala Orlandi who was kidnapped to pressure the Vatican to return Mafia money from the failing Banco Ambrosiano. So, why does Ali Agca, the Turk who tried to assassinate John Paul II (and later forgiven by him), insist she is alive and he knows where she is? While the article relates that Roberto Calvi, who presided over the Banco Ambrosiano, was hung from the Blackfriars Bridge in London, it doesn't mention that his secretary died from exiting his office window—suicide or murder? And, finally, what did recently indicted Silvio Berlusconi, current Prime Minister of Italy, have to do with the P2 “masonic conspiracy”?
Perhaps this very large story will inspire others to research and post more about this topic which has so many implications even for the present day. If ever a case could be made that religiosity does not lead to ethics and morality, this story does that. In sum, if this has been the nature of the leadership, how can we be surprised by lascivious behavior by various parish priests.
For those who wish to explore further, here is a list names, organizations, and events, plus others already mentioned in Hos's posts that seem worthy of further research:
Banco Ambrosiano – conduit for Mafia investing in the IOR (Institute for religious Works), and still
Propaganda Due (P2) – Illegal Masonic group linked with various people here, how and why?
Roberto Calvi – head of Banco Ambrosiano, assassinated
Enrico de Pedis (Renatino) – Mafia chief (Rome), buried in an important church, why?
Banda de Magliana – Rome Mafia organization
Archbishop Paul Marcinkus – bon vivant and womanizer, up to his eyeballs in everything
Michele Sindona – Mafia banker, poisoned in prison
Pippo Calo – Sicilian Mafia representative of Cosa Nostra in Rome
Emanuela Orlandi – 15 year old kidnap/murder? Victim
Raffaela Notariale – journalist/author the Minardi story and a book on the Banda de Magliana
Giancarlo de Cataldo – judge and writer about Roman criminals and scandals of this period
Last, but not least, Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, currently in court for a sex crime accusation
Posted for Leah Williams