Who says the Vatican is corrupt and inefficient? This shows how efficient they can be.

According to sources within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State of the Holy See — under the direction of Pietro Cardinal Parolin — has communicated an instruction to its internal and external security services to use its “intelligence resources” to locate the physical whereabouts of Abp. Viganò.

This request has been communicated not only in order to prevent more unpredictable damage to the image of Pope Francis and the Holy See on the world stage, but also to “prepare the terrain” for the former apostolic nuncio-turned-whistleblower to be prosecuted for alleged multiple crimes against Vatican and Church law.

They just have to be motivated.

Cardinal McCarrick: Everybody Knew . . .

. . . but kept silent.

Remember how, after Harvey Weinstein was busted as a serial sexual abuser, it emerged that a whole lot of people knew this about Weinstein, but never said anything about it? The same thing is true about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was outed today (by the Catholic Church) as having sexually abused a minor years ago.

I had never heard that McCarrick abused minors, but I heard from many sources that he  would go after seminarians. He had a habit of inviting them to his beach house, and always inviting one more young man than there was bed space for. The unlucky mark had to bunk with the Archbishop, who loved to snuggle.

Here are excerpts from an “open letter” to Pope Benedict XVI, written a decade ago by the sociologist Richard Sipe, a former Benedictine monk who specializes in studying the sexual behavior of Catholic priests:

more more more via The American Conservative

Fellow here couldn’t learn language of corporate life . . .

Got out while the getting was good.

I became disenchanted with corporate life. Or rather, perhaps, I could not acquire adequate proficiency in the new corporate turn of phrase.

What I called a spade had now become “an upward-downward, dynamic and portable, soil management tool.”

In fact the book “Your Daily Shakespeare” is my answer to an Orwellian language I could not learn.

How not to approve this departure from the humdrum?

Plus, let us now praise this man and his work.


— Portland OR-based, by the way —

Strong Economy Drove Wages Higher in August as Hiring Heats Up . . .

. . . U.S. nonfarm payrolls expanded by 201,000, while private-sector hourly wages grew 2.9% from a year earlier.

So much for Nancy Pelosi’s comment on employees’ bonuses as improving their lives,

Pelosi, Jan. 11: In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It’s so pathetic. And I would hope that with their big advantage of bringing money home at a very low rate, that they would invest in infrastructure and things. But our experience has been that they will do dividends. They will do stock buy-backs and things like that. I think it’s insignificant.

Recalling the reply of a former Jesuit colleague to my calling his argument “irrelevant — “You’re irrelevant,” he sputtered, which I still chuckle at — I could reply to her, “Pathetic? You’re pathetic.”

Kidding, of course.

“On the square,” my father used to say, shrewdly.