For a financial scandal to have legs there usually must be a sex scandal component. Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, at the center of the exploding Vatican financial scandal as a suspected leaker, has announced that she is pregnant. This has all the potential makings of an Italian sex farce film circa 1975, for those who enjoy very low comedy. The Pope’s recent statement comes to mind: “How often,” he added, “have we heard a woman go to her boss and say: ‘well, I have to tell you, I’m pregnant’. ‘At the end of the month you’re out.”
Horace Walpole said that the world was a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel. I hope it is not unfeeling of me, but I think we have definitely entered the comedy portion of this pontificate.