by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
In the wee hours of the morning, just after midnight Il Messaggero, echosing ANSA, announced the death of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, one of the most influential members of the Roman Curia for the past 40 years.
He was suffering many serious medical conditions in recent years and a recent cold aggravated them, leading to his demise. His death is being attributed to the fake Virus, for political reasons.
Appointed Secretary of State by John Paul II in 1991, he effectively ran the Vatican until his retirement in 2006, at the request of Pope Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Sodano traces his episcopal consecration back to Cardinal Gaspari (one of the close allies of Rampolla del Tindaro) who was himself Secretary of State under Pius XI in 1922. He was the protege of Cardinal Augustino Cassaroli, the previous Secretary of State from 1979-1990. Cardinal Sodano was affiliated with the Rampolla faction in the Church by means of his co-consecrator, as Bishop, Nicola Cavanna whose episcopal consecration descends directly from Rampolla.
It was under Cardinal Sodano, then, no wonder, that many of the members of the Mafia of St. Gallen were raised to the dignity of the Cardinalate. His death, then, marks the passing of an era. Covid-19 is merely being invoked as a distraction for anyone digging into how important this one man was for the rise to power of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.