3 Pontificates knew of his scandals yet enabled him: Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dead at 94
Cardinal Angelo Sodano has died. He was 94 years old.
Sodano was one of the most powerful men in the Vatican over the span of 3 pontificates. Among other things, he was tasked with the release of the Third Secret of Fatima, which based on those who were privy to the authentic document, attest is not the actual secret. Indeed, Sodano's career was riddled with controversy and scandal. Yet the reality remains: he was one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, during not one, but 3 pontificates. He didn't resign, and he wasn't terminated. He retired. Let that sink in. Though it should come as no surprise if you have read books such as Julia Meloni's St. Gallen Mafia, or Father Charles Murr's Murder in the 33rd Degree.
The Pillar was the first American Catholic media outlet to break the news that Sodano passed away. The story can be read in its entirety here. A few of his career highlights were noted in the article:
The cardinal impeded Vatican investigations into claims of sexual abuse against high-ranking clerics and is widely reported to have defended or enabled some priests and bishops accused of serial sexual abuse, including former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Sodano blocked Vatican investigations into Legion of Christ founder Marcel Maciel, who was eventually found to have serially sexually abused minor seminarians, young priests, and numerous women around the globe, to have fathered children, and to have been a drug addict for decades.
The cardinal was also accused of defending other priests and bishops facing serial sexual abuse, cover-up, or negligence charges, and of advising Pope Francis that allegations against Chilean Bishop Juan Barros were concocted by political enemies of the Church.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s Sodano played a key role in communications between the Vatican and American bishops over sexual abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick; Sodano was accused of providing incomplete information to Pope John Paul II on allegations against McCarrick, or otherwise ignoring complaints.
Sodano was elected dean of the College of Cardinals in 2005 and remained in the position for nearly 15 years.
It is the opinion of this website, that Sodano was cut from the same fabric of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, another longtime Vatican influencer, who has also been covered on this website.
Because of Sodano's indefensible actions the publisher of this website, himself a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, will not be eulogizing the man who was once considered the "close right hand man" of Pope John Paul II. Rather, Memorare Media offers continued prayers for the numerous victims of clergy sexual abuse throughout the world, whose sufferings were only intensified by Sodano's scandals, silence, and cover ups -- and those who enabled him.
(Our thanks to The Pillar for breaking the news.)