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  •  Point taken (12+ / 0-)

    However, Yallop's book is not fiction. It is based on extensive research and interviews. Because the Vatican is a sovereign state, there are no law enforcement agencies who would have investigated and gathered evidence. Yallop did the best he could with what was available AND contended with the obstructionism of powerful people.

    Because the Vatican has no choice but to use financial institutions outside its borders, the financial information has been corroborated by many, many books and articles.

    •  Roberto Calvi - God's Banker (9+ / 0-)

      He was found hanged under Blackfrier's Bridge in London in 1982.  I took particular interest in the IOR at the time because the head of the Vatican Bank was Bishop Paul Marcinkus of Cicero, Illinois, home of the Chicago Cosa Nostra.  One would expect that someone who had seen money laundering up close would be a good fit for heading up the Vatican Bank.

      There is a lot of stuff on the internet about Calvi's Banco Ambrosio.  Contemporary articles about currency speculation appeared in business and financial periodicals like Fortune and Forbes magazines in the U.S.

      Following her "China Syndrome" about the hazards of nuclear enery to generate electricity, she made "Rollover" about skullduggery in the banking business that was released in 1981.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 12:51:52 PM PDT

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    •  You undercut your (shrinking) credibility (0+ / 0-)

      with every comment you make. I'm sure the "fact" that "there are no law enforcement agencies who would have investigated and gathered evidence" will come as something of a surprise to the members of the Corpo della Gendarmeria dello Stato della Città del Vaticano, more usually referred to as the Vatican Vigilanza from an earlier name for the same authority.

      Yallop's book is fiction. Anyone who says otherwise is calling his/her competence to judge fact into question.

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