It looks like the Washington neo-liberal elite has been punishing the Pope and pressing him to do something against his will and against his Church’s interest. That’s how I interpret the orchestrated attack in a form of a sex scandal, and the immediately followed attempt to take over huge chunks of Church-owned North American real estate. Imagine, that the Church owns and pays no taxes on large parcels of Manhattan. Remember those hashed scandals involving sleazy characters and Hollywood actors swarming over “Catholic Church properties”?
The neo-cons administered the second blow to the Vatican in June 2015 when the Vatican was forced by the US to sign an agreement with so called FATCA, “the 2010 legislative joke formally known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act,” which meant to cancel an independence of the Vatican bank, and made the Vatican reveal all the accounts and transactions that it conducted to the IRS.”
There have been persistent rumors that Vatican accumulated over 50,000 tons of gold, and this gold is what Washington is going after. There are also rumors that in June of 2015, the Pope asked for an emergency secret meeting with the President of Russia to ask him to protect the Catholic Churches’ gold from Washington and Brussels.