Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Franciss Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican by Gianluigi NuzziFrom a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican
A veritable war is waging in the Church: on one side, there is Pope Francis’s strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other, there is the old Curia with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges.
The old guard do not back down, they are ready to use all means necessary to stay in control and continue the immoral way they conduct their business. They resist reforms sought by Pope Francis and seek to delegitimize their opponents, to isolate those who want to eliminate corruption. It’s a war that will determine the future of the church. And if he loses the battle against secular interests and blackmail, Pope Francis could resign, much like his predecessor.
Based on confidential information—including top secret documents from inside the Vatican, and actual transcripts of Pope Francis’s admonishments to the papal court about the lack of financial oversight and responsibility—Merchants in the Temple illustrates all the undercover work conducted by the Pope since his election and shows the reader who his real enemies are. It reveals the instruments Francis is using to reform the Vatican and rid it, once and for all, of the overwhelming corruption traditionally encrusted in the Roman Catholic Church.
Merchants in the Temple is a startling book that will shock every reader. It’s a story worthy of a Dan Brown novel, with its electrifying details of the trickery and scheming against the papacy—except that it is real.
Book Review: “Merchants in the Temple” by Gianluigi Nuzzi
Thank you! However, Francis seems to have world opinion behind him, and he moved immediately to clean house. The network of subterfuge is bewildering, and the barriers to transparency perhaps more than Frances can overcome, as Nuzzi delineates with valiant candor. While more historical context would be useful, this is a provocative work of dogged investigative research. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
Merchants in the Temple by Gianluigi Nuzzi. If these moves were intended to discredit Nuzzi, they were certainly misguided. Which makes you think the Vatican is signaling silent approval of the publication. Who knows? Much of the book reveals or claims to reveal some of the crazy finances of the Vatican, and attempts by reformers to even document what is going on.
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By focusing on who controls the money and, therefore the power in the Holy See, this book does provide valuable insights into the workings of the Curia and the push-back the reformist Pope Francis is receiving from entrenched church leaders within the Vatican. The book documents a burglary that takes place on March 30, when thieves stole key documents from a commission the Pontiff set up to investigate the structure of Vatican finances and to institute reforms. The account of the break-in transforms the book from a straightforward probe of alleged financial misdeeds in the Vatican into more of a detective novel. This book is unlikely to stop a devout Catholic from practicing his religion. But it gives more ammunition to critics of the Catholic Church.
By Gianluigi Nuzzi. On July 28, , a few hours after his customary religious obligations, Pope Francis prepared to go to the Apostolic Palace. As always, he checked his datebook first. I carry it in a black briefcase. Inside is a razor, a breviary, an appointment book, and a book to read. But his most important appointment of the day was a noon meeting scheduled to take place in one of the most inaccessible and mysterious spaces in the Palace: the Sala Bologna, on the third floor, between the papal apartment recently vacated by Benedict XVI and the quarters of the Secretariat of State. The decorations for this sumptuous dining room had been commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII , who wanted frescoes of immense maps and cosmic charts to convey the measure of his ambitious pontificate.