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Msgr. absolved in court

In order to avoid saying anything ourselves, we pass the word to Catholic Culture's Phil Lawler:

The troubling rise of 'Msgr. CB'
By Phil Lawler | November 30, 2011 3:02 PM

Lawler links to this announcement published on Nov. 21, to which we had paid no attention:

The Holy Father: ...
- Appointed Msgr. [C.B.], official of the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, as bureau chief of the same section.

This could seem very worrisome - yet, thanks to a commentator, we post here the following as a matter of justice:

Città del Vaticano, 21 nov. (TMNews) - He was involved in an unpleasing event of the judicial pages, and now, after being absolved for the inexistence of the alleged facts, he has been "compensated" with a promotion in the Vatican State Secretariat.

In May 2006, Monsignor Cesare Burgazzi, at the time a minutante of the Vatican State Secretariat, was detained near Valle Giulia, in Rome, by some policemen in plain clothes who were conducting an operation against prostitution. In October 2009, however, the priest was absolved of the accusation of damages, injury, and resisting a public official by the Rome Court because the fact did not constitute a crime. "The decision of the Rome Court - Fr. Claudio Rasoli, the director of the press office of his diocese of Cremona stated in a note - puts an end to a true calvary that began for Monsignor Burgazzi on the night of May 7, 2006, when some agents detained him in the road between Villa Borghese and Valle Giulia in an anti-prostitution control [operation]. According to the testimony of law enforcement officers, the priest had fled in a car and, once stopped, had assaulted and manhandled some agents. The Court has, however, believed in the version of Mons. Burgazzi who, thanks to the deposition of eye-witnesses, has disassembled the edifice of accusations, fully demonstrating his non-involvement with the disputed facts. At last, after over three years, Mons. Burgazzi has given back to him that honorability which the Church of Cremona had never put in doubt."

Today, the Pope has named Monsignor Burgazzi office head of the section for general affairs of the State Secretariat.


New Catholic said...

Thanks to Shane for the tip!

Delphina said...

Sounds like Cardinal Marcinkus to me, but he went to his eternal, well, let's just say a prayer for the repose of his soul on this last day of the month dedicated to such.

Eternal rest grant unto Cardinal Marcinkus, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen!!

Beau Ragazzi said...

A secular tribunal upheld Mons. B.'s version of events. As such he is innocent of the charges.,32492541.html#

Jordanes551 said...

"Not guilty" in a legal sense is not the same thing as "not guilty" in the real sense. The secular tribunal is not an organ of infallibility, and anyway officials of the Holy See are (or are supposed to be) held to a much higher standard than "managed to avoid being convicted in a secular tribunal."

New Catholic said...

Agreed, Jordanes. As we said at the time:

Vatican officials must not only be innocent, but must never be under any suspicion of impurity, as CÆSAR declared of his family: "Quoniam meos tam suspicione quam crimine iudico carere oportere." ("Because I believe that the members of my family must be free from suspicion, as well as from accusation.")

totustuusmaria said...

At the time that this story broke, it was a great scandal to me -- another episode in a multi-year series of disillusionments. Hearing that he may have been innocent of the charges makes me feel cheated. I suppose I deserve it for being ready to believe the story media are telling me; but I want to have a loving child's trust in Holy Mother Church. I don't want to be constantly filled with suspicion. I don't want to be always ready to believe the worst and disempowered in my defense of her. If this scandal might have been fabricated, how many other scandals that have scarred my heart have been fabricated?? And how would the damage ever be undone?

Knight of Malta said...

If his "defense" was that he was looking for adult companions in an area populated by male prostitutes, that is troubling enough.

When I was a prosecutor, I had numerous people acquitted on technical grounds (believe it or not--and under duress--we had a case of a not-guilty man who admitted to murder, and we later discovered the true murderer). If he indeed said that he was looking for an adult companion--though no crime--that, for a Priest, is a crime in God's eyes.

I know of one Bishop and one Msgr. who I know for a fact are shacking it up with men. In the liberal, post-conciliar, Church is it really shocking anymore? I was almost relieved that Cutie was shacking up with a woman! (Not really, that's a joke, he left the Church completely; but with Church all but disintegrated by disgust, is Christ not leading her to a smaller, more devout Church, ala Pope Benedict XVI's opinion?)

My advice: find a safe harbor in the FSSP or SSPX!

GQ Rep said...

If the CEO of a huge corporation and all the execs lead that corporation into scandal, corruption, and bankrupt, those who had placed their trust in the corporation from the top down would demand answers and seek to have the offending parties removed.

Sorry to say it, but for leading the Catholic Church into scandal (or ignoring it), contributing to corruption, rebellion and rising disobedience among bishops and clergy around the world (and doing nothing to stop fact strengthening it by appointing more of the same), and leading the Church into Spiritual ruin and bankruptcy liturgically and other ways (the Assisi meeting, etc.), it is too bad we can't demand the resignation of Benedict XVI, and all the leadership in the Vatican save for 1-2, and replace all the rest with true traditional Catholics.

Benedict XVI perhaps (outside chance) is just a figurehead, a talking puppet, and has allowed himself to be dominated by the totally corrupt Secretariate of State,and Cardinals SODANO, Bertone, Re, Arinze, Turkson, Kasper,Sandri, the new Prefect for Religious, Cardinal Amato, and others.
If he has given into this, he would stand more condemned that if he was an active participant in these horrendous, scandelous, and horrific appointments coming from the Vatican for many months .

GQ Rep said...

"Eternal rest grant unto Cardinal Marcinkus, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen!!"

Yes, may he rest in peace. But he wasn't a Cardinal. He was Archbishop Paul Marcinkus.

Delphina said...

GQ, mea culpa!

Are you certain he wasn't a cardinal? I thought that they snuck him in.

In any event, God rest his soul!

Delphina said...

"...but I want to have a loving child's trust in Holy Mother Church. I don't want to be constantly filled with suspicion. I don't want to be always ready to believe the worst and disempowered in my defense of her."


Me too. It is hard, is it not?

Rafael Cresci said...

It would be easier in earlier times. But nowadays, anything is "justifiable" to accuse an innocent one (only to make his life miserable or delay/drag/hide any other political move), and absolutely no one is free from accusation. Especially someone with high moral standards like a priest.
Nowadays enemies always try to kill the reputation first. It's always being an ad hominem attack. Blame modernism, not the victim.

(Not saying anything about this specific fact/case, just what I have been seeing lately).

Vian said...

The Pope is Vicar of Christ, most powerful monarch on earth. He cannot resign, nor forced to resign, as his appointment is sacred. He can abdicate of his own volition. The person who is above the Pope in authority and dignity is Jesus Christ Himself.
Even if the Pope has been reduced to a figurehead, where hardly anyone listens to him, does not mean that he is useless, powerless. Pope Benedict XVI was not responsible for the sex scandals et al as all these were already rampant for decades, it's the scary number of liberal bishops and priests who are the ones giving the last spear thrust into the Roman Catholic Church's heart. Combine that with the external enemies (Freemasons, Communists) of the Catholic Church who are attacking her non-stop, how else could Pope act when the support for him is so weak? Besides, Pope Benedict himself is also is a progressive. That's why things have come to this sorry state.
I personally think the entire Catholic Church will be attacked physically and violently soon, especially the Apostolic See, like the warning Our Lord gave to the French for not consecrating France to His Sacred Heart, 100 years to the date He first came to tell the French King. What happened? French monarchy swept away by her enemies. Come 2017, 100-year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The collegial consecration of Russia is still not complied with.

Long-Skirts said...


You can run on
For a long time
Run on for a
Long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down

These rotten wicked
Heinous men
Found foul and guilty
Again and again
All are depraved
Each one of us
Approve their boils
Then suck their pus

You can run on
For a long time
Run on for a
Long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down

Sent a Prelate
Dressed in white
To warn that the dark
Will be brought to the light
His cassocked clergy
Teaching Faith truthfully
But scourged like the
Man from Galilee

You can run on
For a long time
Run on for a
Long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
‘em down

Defilement diseased
The man in the dome
Dialogues to delay
Optimistic his fruits of decay we’ll obey

You can run on
For a long time
Run on for a
Long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
You down
Sooner or later
God’ll cut
You down

(my apologies to Johnny Cash)

Knight of Malta said...

Very nice Long-Skirts! Did you know towards the end of his life Johnny Cash read the Bible more than any other book?

LeonG said...

As a characteristic example, Cardinal Law slinked off to Rome and immunity to prosecution. Nothing surprises anymore with this disgusting new church. It is systemically diseased.

Gratias said...

"Besides, Benedict XVI is also a progressive". I must emphatically disagree. This Pope is the best we traditionalists could have hoped for. He dedicated his life to the Church and was principally responsible for standing athwart Marxist Liberation Theology, the great Latin American invention. If not for our Benedict the Church would be much different. More gratitude is in order. Look at the big picture.

New Catholic said...

TotustuusMaria: you are so right! May we be consoled.


LeonG said...

When we study the "big picture" Gratias Said, we can confirm objectively that Pope Benedict XVI is a progressive liberal modernist. He came from this stable and is still very much part & parcel of that movement. He says himself he never changed as others did.
Ecumenically and interreligiously he is progressive. There can be absolutely no doubt about that in view of what we have observed over the span of his pontificate. He supports collegiality which horizontalises the hierarchical principle. This is progressivist. He is definitely not a traditionalst liturgically speaking as he supports and propagates the NO and is not against diffrential praxis as his support of the Neo-Catecumenal and Charismatic ways attests. He does very little to discipline bishops and priests who are flagrantly de facto schismatic while he has done very little in effect to eradicate sexual perversion amongst the clergy - this has been mostly left to the secular authorities (and not without some obstruction either).
Furthermore, his writings demonstrate the continuing characteristic ambiguity and equivocation of the modernist papacies in that much of what he writes requires clarification. It is rare when he is absolutely clear - reading the Summorum Pontificum made us acutely aware of that, as only one example.

The big picture of the contemporary church attests that we continue to have chief indicators that manifest the post-conciliar downward trend amidst pastoral confusion and liturgical chaos exacerbated by the tendancy to hybridise The Latin Mass with the NO - project supported by none other than Pope Benedict XVI himself.

If anyone can discover a traditionalist in there it can only be with eyes firmly shut to the realities of the contemporary church which continues to "raze bastions" and to ignore the systemic rot which has set in and which continues to destroy the edifice.

GQ Rep said...


Paul Casimir Marcinkus (January 15, 1922 – February 20, 2006) was an American archbishop as we all remember. He was best known for his tenure as President of the Vatican Bank from 1971 through 1989Remember the Roberto Calvi/Banco Ambrosiano scandal?

He resigned right after that and spent the last nearly 15 years of his life keeping a VERY low profile. He never made it to Cardinal, but would have had the Vatican Bank scandal not broken, with Roberto Calvi winding up dead as a murder/suicide case, and the entire Vatican financial system (largely a creation of Paul VI's ineptitude and a string of likewise Cardinals), was brought to the point of collapse.

Such bad timing. Marcinkus missed out, and JP II created a new batch of Cardinals within afew months afterward!

I am not Spartacus said...


O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan. Fight this day the battle of the Lord with thy legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers. But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life. This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirt of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity. These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures. Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory. Amen.

Pope Blessed John XXIII opened the doors of the Catholic Church to modern man in his opening speech at the Second Vatican Council in which he forswore the use of Ecclesiastical Discipline and without which all is Chaos as the great Dom Gueranger taught.

This is the Springtime of the New Catholic Church in the dispensation of the New Theology where mephitic evil is not cast-out, it is love-bombed, baby.

I am not Spartacus said...

...Then, when finally caught, he threw a few punches at the arresting officers, and told them they’d be sorry for bothering such an important person.

Homosexual subversives (redundant) are Satan's Sappers undermining the Purity of Holy Mother Church and destroying all that is Good and Beautiful, and True and unless The Pope acts - ACTS - to clean-out that viper's nest of perverted pestilence we Catholics will be, routinely and repeatedly, confronted by such stories.

The old Traditional axiom - Scratch a Liberal Liturgist, reveal a homosexual - applies not only to Liturgist; it applies to Progressive Prelates.

In America, for a VERY long time, we had, as President of The USCCB, Francis Cardinal George, and the Vice President of The USCCB, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, bothPrelates who had records of promoting and protecting a known predatory pervert priest, Dan McCormack (now laicised)who is so dangerous the State of Illinois would not release him from prison back into the community.

Even as the Tide of Lawsuits was breaking over the heads of Bishops all over America, these two Prelates kept their positions as President and Vice President of the USCCB.

And I am supposed to lamely surrender to slogans about how the Catholic Church is serious about cleaning-up its homosexual problem?


I am not Spartacus said...

That was then;

Father Damien on homosexuals:

"Tell us, you unmanly and effeminate man, what do you seek in another male that you do not find in yourself?”
“For God’s sake, why do you damnable sodomites pursue the heights of ecclesiastical dignity with such fiery ambition?”
“By what right or by what law can one bind or loose the other when he is constrained by the bonds of evil deeds common to them both?”
“Who can expect the flock to prosper when its shepherd has sunk so deep into the bowels of the devil?
"Who, by his lust, will consign a son whom he spiritually begotten for God to slavery under the iron law of Satanic tyranny?”
“This utterly diseased queen of Sodom renders him who obeys the laws of her tyranny infamous to men and odious to God.”
“Without fail, [the vice of sodomy] brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust.”
“[The vice of sodomy] leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind . . . It opens up Hell and closes the gates of Paradise.”
“[The vice of sodomy] is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity."
[The vice of sodomy] defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things.”
“Who will make a mistress of a cleric, or a woman of a man?”
“It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes."

and this is now: The Catholic Church hires Shrinks to develop criteria to screen candidates for The Seminary and as Shrinks do not think that Sodomites are abnormal, they are considered as acceptable candidates to not only be accepted into Seminaries, but to receive Holy Orders and act as an Alter Christus.

Move along - nothing to see here; it is all good, really.

And, by the way, what is it with conservative Catholics who think that a homosexual is an acceptable candidate for Holy Orders just so long as he is continent?


craig said...

LeonG said... "Nothing surprises anymore with this disgusting new church."

It's the same old church as ever, when it comes to letting the titled and powerful off scot-free. This has been going on for millennia. Has any cardinal's red hat ever been taken away at any time in history? Has any bishop's see ever been taken away for moral turpitude (i.e., not for a juridical overreach violation of his canon law authority as a bishop)?

If you ain't the lead dog, the view never changes.

Hidden One said...

I hope that every commenter here has said a prayer for Msgr. Burgazzi.

I am not Spartacus said...

These sex crimes are guaranteed to continue to destroy the Catholic Church because the Hierarchy, including the current Pontiff, resolutely continues to quibble,temporise, and quail before the world in their refusal to categorically refuse to accept homosexuals into Seminaries and it refuses to cast-out known homosexuals in The Hierarchy.

The Catholic Church continues to willfully bestow Holy Orders on homosexuals guaranteeing that there will be a continuing series of sexual crimes committed against innocent sheep by homosexuals who lust after adolescent males.

Why the Catholic Church refuses to resort back to the 1961 rule of not admitting homosexuals into Seminaries is a mystery to me. Or, maybe it is, at bottom,just fear of giving scandal to the world by erecting a defense against homosexuals who are attracted to the bottoms and erections of young males.

Every normal male I know realises the danger homosexual clergy poses to the Faith and they do not have to be convinced that abnormal homosexual wolves must be refused admittance through The Sheepgate into the City of God.

I am not Spartacus said...

We Catholics are members of a Church that has 1.1 Billion members and during the time that the now Pope was Prefect of The CDF, he took an average of 1 Disciplinary Action per year; ONE act of discipline in a Church that has 1.1 Billion.

Think of it.

Each year, only one, only ONE, out of One Billion, One Hundred Million had done something bad enough so as to be deemed worthy of disciplinary action - and this at a time when The USCCB had a President and Vice President that had protected a known predatory priest.

What kind words can be said about Holy Mother Church who has become so lax in defending Her innocent sheep against so many ravening wolves?

Was Pope Blessed John XXIII right when he ditched discipline; was Pope Blessed John Paul II right to refuse to hear the repeated accusations against Marciel; was Pope Blessed John Paul II right to install Bernard Cardinal Law as High Priest in that august Holy Church; was...well, we know that once one starts limning the known lunatics and heretics and perverts who were never disciplined or excommunicated then one might have to go on and on for months....

But, it is all good because man has come of age and he needs love not discipline or correction or excommunication.

Lord have Mercy

P.S. Dear Hidden One. Every day I pray for the Holy Father, all Cardinals, All Bishops, All Priests, All Religious, and all Laity but prayer alone is insufficient; we need ACTION.

How bold can one be to declare himself a Christian if he does not keep known ravenous wolves out of the Sheep Gate but rather just prays for them?

J. G. Ratkaj said...

This "smuta" which has ravaged the church for now more more than fify years are indescribable and find no analogy. As affairs stand
appontments and promotions like this particular one cause in effect no indignation, too much modernism and its various mutants are continuing unchallenged in the wanton destruction of the lord's vineyard.

Delphina said...


Yes. I have read all about Archbishop Marcinkus. One would have thought that the Vatican Bank scandal would have made him a shoo in for the cardinal-ship, considering how misdeeds are rewarded.

God rest his soul!