The Guardian asked the Vatican’s representative in London, the papal nuncio, archbishop Antonio Mennini, why the papacy continued with such secrecy over the identity of its property investments in London.
Hm, gosh, I wonder.
How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini’s millions……the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini……Since then the international value of Mussolini’s nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m……..The surprising aspect for some will be the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions……..The Mussolini money was dramatically important to the Vatican’s finances…….The Mussolini investments in Britain are currently controlled……..While secrecy about the Fascist origins of the papacy’s wealth might have been understandable in wartime,
Because, you know, if they were clear and open about it then some shit stirrer is going to write a piece bandying about “Mussolini”, “Millions”, “Fascist!”
All of this quite apart from the fact that this was not all about Mussolini. It was the settlement of the Risorgimento, signed up in the Lateran Treaty.
Effectively the Kingdom of Italy compensated the Pope for having nicked all the Papal Territories back in 1870. And negotiations had been going on since about then as well.
You could, indeed I would, make a rough equivalence between this and the recent Czech compensation of the churches. The Commies and others knicked all the land. Eventually, compensation was paid for having done so.