Becciu claims Francis wants him dead!

November 28, 2022 (Steven O’Reilly) – I recently commented on what I found to be some oddities and incongruities in the case of Cardinal Becciu, particularly the behavior and actions of Pope Francis toward Becciu (see What does Cardinal Becciu know about Francis?).  As I note in part in the conclusion of that article:

…the actions of Pope Francis toward Cardinal Becciu seem odd and incongruous when one considers what has been alleged against Becciu going back to 2016. With regard to the more recent allegations of which Becciu is accused; whatever their ultimate merit and the findings of the Tribunal, Francis certainly appears to have accepted there were sufficient grounds to strip Becciu of his curial offices and the benefits attached to him being a Cardinal.

Yet, even having done this — though his hand seemingly was forced by public revelations; curiously, Francis met privately in Becciu’s apartment on Holy Thursday of 2021 before the start of the trial, and then teased the possibility of Becciu’s full restoration as a Cardinal before a consistory in August 2022 while the trial was still in process.

Why didn’t Francis take action against Becciu in 2016 on the basis of supposedly “incontrovertible” proof? Why did Francis discipline Becciu before the trial?  Why did Francis tease the possibility of restoring Becciu before the trial’s completion?  We know Becciu surreptitiously recorded Francis on at least one occasion. Is Becciu in possession of other recordings of conversations with Francis, or of other types of evidence?  Is Francis worried Becciu might reveal something damaging to his papacy, and if so, what?

My article ended about there.  But the very last line I wrote in my article was:

“I suspect we may see more oddities and incongruities emerge in the back and forth between Francis and Becciu before all is said and done in this matter.”

Hah.  We did not have to wait long.  Just now, I read an article wherein it is said that Cardinal Becciu told a family member back in July 2021, just before he taped his conversation with Pope Francis (see here), that “he (Francis) wants me dead” (see here and here).  As reported by ANSA (emphasis added):

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the highest ranking Vatican cleric to be tried for financial crimes, told his family in a recent chat that Pope Francis wanted him dead, La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera dailies reported online Friday.
He wants me dead” and “I didn’t think we’d get to this point” were two of the comments reportedly made public by the Vatican’s promoter of justice Wednesday in the trial into alleged mismanagement of Vatican funds including a London property on Sloane Avenue.

(Source: ANSA, Pope ‘wants me dead’ says Becciu, November 25, 2022)

As emphasized in bold, these comments were made public by the Vatican’s “promoter of justice”, which means the prosecutor. That is odd, but more of that in a bit. Now this claim about Francis was supposedly made by Becciu to his own relative. There is no independent confirmation from the article, and it is only Becciu’s word or opinion about Francis. This coming from a man who secretly taped Francis — so his own credibility is on doubtful ground. Further, it is not clear to me if Becciu is intending to say he thought Francis actively wanted him dead, or merely he believed Francis was so angry that he wished him dead.

It is hard to imagine why the prosecutor would release such a claim if there was anything substantial to it.  Certainly, we are getting only bits and pieces. However, again, as with the secretly taped conversation, this conversation between Becciu and his relative is on its face self-serving, portraying Becciu as an innocent man, who has been wronged by others. Why is the prosecutor, rather than the defense, releasing such information?  Are they trying to throw the case?  Seems odd. Stage crafted?

The above said, as argued in my last couple articles on the Becciu case (here and here), Francis’s actions are difficult to explain apart from the speculation Francis fears that Becciu knows or has some damaging information on Francis and or his papacy.  Even if we here credit Becciu’s subjective claim that Francis wants him dead as being sincerely held, it is unlikely that it is because Francis thinks him an innocent man.  So, why does Becciu believe this of Francis, if Becciu really does believe it?

As suggested above. Some of this seems staged. Why is the prosecutor releasing this info?  Given the seeming rehabilitation of Becciu in August 2022, this suggests the fix is in.  There will be no finding of guilt when all is said and done.  That’s not to say I ever expected anything different in this case!

I’ll end this article how I ended my last.  I still suspect we may see more oddities and incongruities emerge in the back and forth between Francis and Becciu before all is said and done in this matter. Perhaps more will come out on Becciu’s claim above in the coming days, though I doubt it.  I am thinking this is all choreographed at this point. But still…just remember though…Epstein didn’t kill himself.

Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former intelligence officer, he and his wife, Margaret, live near Atlanta. He has written apologetic articles, and is author of Book I of the Pia Fidelis trilogy, The Two Kingdoms; and of Valid? The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI(Follow on twitter at @fidelispia for updates). He asks for your prayers for his intentions.  He can be contacted at  or (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA or on GETTR, TruthSocial, or Gab: @StevenOReilly).

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