[We tend to view History as a linear line of events, one leading inexorably to the next but History like the present, is composed of a myriad of interlocking discreet moments. These first few entries of the Invisible Histories will examine those historical forces which have currently manifested in the form of a Catholic Pope crusading through the America’s against the Animist and Pentecostal religious faiths which have emerged here. Also cocaine, there will be lots of cocaine. No names have been changed to protect the innocent because from a historical perspective no one is innocent.]
This will be complicated.
First we have to go all the way back to the Second World War and to Italy because that’s when the Vatican created its slush fund. I am not really sure how else to describe ‘the Institute for the Works of Religion’, definitely not the word ‘bank’ however. In the recent sort of confusing and not often talked about Vatican banking scandal, ‘banking’ gets mentioned a lot and rightly so since it involves a lot of banks but the actual arm of the Vatican which has been caught in this dirty business is not in fact the Vatican’s bank. That by necessity falls under Papal mandate and is the Roman Curio known as ‘the Patrimony of the Apostolic See’ which manages the Vatican’s International property and currency holdings. Bored yet? It gets weirder.… Read the rest