Say what you will, but this guy is kind of cool - in a Hollywood sort of way, I should say. Not in a Church way of course - because Catholics aren't cool - but that is another post.
I prefer art thieves or jewel thieves if someone is going to be a glamorous crook, although it appears the accused Monsignor Nunzio Scarano owned a fine art collection in his palatial apartment. "Many were donations" - he claims. Not that there is anything wrong with donations. [Likewise, please keep in mind the Monsignor may be innocent of all charges.]
These stories are so unfortunately fascinating...
Dan Brown should hope to write such fascinating thrillers about the serial corruption in Roma - from the la dolce vita stories involving the Abbey of Santa Croce suppression, to the Vatican Bank scandal, to the gay priest scandal - it is so medieval... Renaissance... Borgia-esque? One soon realizes there is really nothing new under the sun: the Church has been through all of these scandals before.
That being the case, if there is anyone more talented than Dan Brown reading this, you might consider writing a novel or a screenplay - with the right budget, director, casting, it could be a blockbuster.
I think maybe George Clooney could play Mons. Scarano - despite the fact Stephen Colbert looks more like him; Richard Gere could play Don Simone Fioraso, although if it were a comedy, Steve Martin might be a good fit; and Martin Short could play Monsignor Tommaso Stenico - drama or comedy - he'd be perfect.
Disclaimer: Of course I think it is terrible that there could be corruption in the Vatican or in religious life. I'm against it. Although, I can possibly legitimize this post by passing it off as a PSA for budding writers-film makers.
Che cosa? (That means "what?" in Italian.)