The Great Vatican Bank Scandal
Paul II and Banco Ambrosiano swindled investors of hundreds of millions of dollars
to finance Contra death squads to crush the
revolution of the poor in Central America.¹
¹Court of Cassation, Rome, Italia
vs. Ambrosiano ‘84. To
the best the courts could determine, hundreds of millions transferred to Panamanian and Nicaraguan ghost companies was drawn down by the CIA’s Contras during
the time (’79-’81) the left-wing President Carter would not support them.
Albino Luciani: John Paul I. Unlike the Polish Pope who would succeed him, he supported the revolution of the poor in Central America
against the coalition of the CIA and ruling juntas. If he had been successful, the
United States would have been looking at a half dozen mini-Cubas
sitting in its backyard.
June 5 1982: President Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi, wrote a letter to John Paul II:
"Unless the Vatican satisfies the demands of investors, I will expose your
role in planning the swindle and provoke a catastrophe in which you will have to resign... the Church will suffer the gravest of damages..."
June 17, 1982: Calvi is found hanging under a London bridge, alleged to have been lured there by Mafia hitmen hired by Opus Dei on the guise of a Vatican deal to bail him out.²
June 17, 1982: Calvi's secretary Corrocher is found on walk under her hi-rise window. ²
¹Banca Italia vs. Ambrosiano, Milan '84. Wikipedia: Roberto Calvi
² at first considered suicide. Later determined to be murder.
is always the chance of coincidence. The only two people
outside the Vatican who knew of the threatening letter happened to commit suicide a thousand miles apart a few days after John Paul II received the letter which imperiled his papacy.
The courts did not learn of the letter until Calvi's wife and Corrocher's closest friend Clara Calvi presented a copy to the court in 1984. She pointed directly to the top: "The Pope had my husband and Terry killed because they threatened to expose his role in planning the Central American bank fraud."¹
¹ Court of Cassation, Rome, Italia vs. Ambrosiano Jun ‘84. The reader is reminded, though under oath, this was Clara's opinion based on her knowledge of the closest people in her life. Forensics determined the letter had been typed on Corrocher's typewriter (seized at the time of her death) and her fingerprints were found on the copy. The original letter remained in the Vatican because of diplomatic immunity. Search Wikipedia: Roberto Calvi
When questioned why she had delayed giving the letter to the court, Clara responded: "Blackmail is against the law... Terry (Teresa) and my husband were involved in blackmail..."
Vatican officers involved in the scam
Paul Marcinkus: President of IOR which guaranteed notes. On his first day in office, John Paul II changed Marcinkus' reporting status directly to the Papacy. The next day, the Polish Pope and Banco Ambrosiano swindled the first dollars from an investor in 'The Ambrosiano Bank Scandal' ¹
Bishop Casaroli: Made a cardinal and raised past two hundred others who outranked him to the top Vatican job 'Secretary of State' by John Paul II. He was one of two bishops residing in the papal palace the night John Paul I died.²
`Bishop Caprio: Made a cardinal and raised past three hundred who outranked him to the 2nd ranking Vatican post 'Prefect of Economic Affairs' by John Paul II. He was one of two bishops residing in the papal palace the night John Paul I died.²
As president and treasurer of the Vatican’s central bank (The Patrimony of the Holy See), Casaroli and Caprio controlled the flow of funds from the Vatican to Nicaraguan and Panamanian ghost banks. All money leaving a country must pass thru its central bank.
² Casaroli and Caprio were cousins in the Gambino family. It was not unusual for Mafia family members to rise to high Curial posts as they were the largest contributors to the Church.
³ Court of Cassation, Italia vs. Ambrosiano Jun ‘84