Vatican's Public Prosecutor Named Archbishop of Malta

Some great news from Malta.

Bishop Charles Scicluna is to be named Archbishop of Malta on Friday. Bishop Scicluna was Cardinal Ratzinger's right hand man at the CDF. The Archbishop of Malta has recently resigned on grounds of ill health and Bishop Scicluna will become the new Archbishop. 

He served from 2002 to 2012 as Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – that is, as the Vatican's public prosecutor – personally handling the sex abuses crises of 2002 and 2010 and carrying forward the ‘zero tolerance’ line wanted by St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI to tackle the issue. His job was to investigate what are known as delicta graviora; i.e., the crimes which the Catholic Church considers as being the most serious of all: crimes against the Eucharist and against the sanctity of the Sacrament of Penance, and crimes against the sixth Commandment ("thou shall not commit impure acts") committed by a cleric against a person under the age of eighteen.

Bishop (then Mgr Scicluna) had the reputation of scrupulously carrying out the tasks entrusted to him without deferring to anyone whilst in this role.

Bishop Scicluna knows where the bodies are buried.

He knows who the guilty men were - and what club they belong to.

He has spoken of the Omertà amongst the perverted Mafia in the Church.

He was moved by Pope Benedict XVI to Malta shortly before the Holy Father announced he was standing down from the Pontificate. One has to wonder if this was in fact an effort to protect Bishop Scicluna from malign members of the Curia?

Bishop Scicluna knows that to root out the filth from the Church, we need to root out the causes of this evil - not just the men who are caught having committed these crimes. Therefore this appointment is very good news.

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