The Camerlengo to God’s Rottweiler: The 2nd Most Powerful Man in the Vatican

By N Mark Castro

At least 1.2 Billion people on earth are receiving news of the shocking global announcement made by Pope Benedict XVI regarding his resignation. Whether a conclave is called upon immediately to elect a new pope, this man will remain to be the overseer of the entire property and assets of the Vatican, including all the daily activities that may be so required of him.

Tarcisio Bertonedek

Though the position has been made widely controversial by the book Angels & Demons, the Camerlengo wields power as much as the pope allows him to be. Since the pope isn’t dead but has merely resigned from Vatican-related activities, there has been no clear information provided by the Vatican on the next steps. Do they call for a Conclave?

And during the ‘Sede Vacante,’ which is the transition period between the death of a Pope and the election of his successor, the Camerlengo — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone – will remain to dispense the Vatican’s political and diplomatic affairs, continuing his grip on his powerful office as the 2nd Most Powerful Man in the Vatican.

The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, November 11, 2007 at Chimpay (Argentina)God Help Us All …


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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