Related post: Vatican ‘Misled’ Crime Boss’ Widow, Mrs. De Pedis – No Popes Buired At Either Sant’Apollinare, Rome’s Is Not Even A Basilica! — May 2, 2012.
For the last two weeks there has been a slew of articles about the disappearance 30 years ago of the then 15-year old daughter of a Vatican employee, Ms. Emanuela Orlandi, who had the rare distinction of being a young, female, lay Vatican citizen. She supposedly went missing in 1983 after leaving the Vatican to go for a music lesson in Rome. [link 1 & link 2]
Her disappearance has been linked to that of alleged Italian crime boss Enrico De Pedis — the one that was supposedly buried among popes, but in reality was buried in a nondescript Roman church run by Opus Dei. They exhumed Enrico’s body, this week, on the belief that Ms. Orlandi’s body was interred in the same tomb. They are supposed to have found a whole bunch of bones close by. Well, I checked again. This, though not a ‘titular’, is an old church and the grounds below old Roman churches are known to full of bones.
American Archbishop Marcinkus, the ‘God’s Unscrupulous Banker‘ so-to-speak who is implicated in a string of intrigue including the demise of poor John Paul I (#264), is also suspected of having a hand in the disappearance of this 15-year old girl. I think it is in ‘The Thief In The Night‘, but I remember reading a description of Marcinkus holding one of regular dinner parties at the sprawling, palatial Palazzo del Governatorato (Governor’s Palace) which at that time he occupied all on his own (with a few nuns to do the housework) — the court of a mighty Emperor. It described Marcinkus dressed in a white shirt, opened to the waist showing off his tanned, hairy chest draped in gold. According to reports, Marcinkus, who found found, at 6 am, lurking, sans explanation, in the Vatican ground behind the Papal Apartment the morning that the body of poor John Paul I was discovered is reputed to have ordered the ‘kidnapping’ of this girl. Hhhmmm. I wonder why?
There is also supposed to be a shadowy connection to the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Ağca on John Paul II (#265) — she supposedly a pawn in an attempt to get Ağca released. Ağca, who I think is a deranged, ego-maniac, incompetent to boot, commented on Emanuela Orlandi in a 2010 interview. According to him she was originally kidnapped by the Vatican but is now living safely, as a nun, in a Catholic monastery in Central European country — often visited by a family. [He also claimed that the Vatican was behind the 1981 assassination attempt.] BINGO.
I am in no way trying to impune integrity of this lady. The contrary is true. I, as a father of three daughters, worry that she was led astray and then whisked away when it was discovered that she was with child. As we now know, to our cost and chagrin, child abuse among the Catholic church ran deep and rampant — and only those trying to make one particular point will try and claim that the abuse was predominantly against boys. No, girls were abused too. So that is my thesis.
I really can buy into the Ağca thesis. Emanuela Orlandi is alive and well, living as a nun — a baby put up for adoption 29 years ago. That makes sense. Fits all the parameters.
So, why aren’t people asking this very basic and important of questions — was she whisked away from the Vatican because she was with child?