Archbishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus may have saved the lives of two popes. So why isn’t he famous? It’s because he’s infamous. That’s why.
Archbishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus led an…interesting life. The fact that he likely saved the lives to two popes and is not heralded as a one of the greatest Vatican heroes worthy of statues, movie trilogies, and fan fiction should tell you that his legacy remains a bit complicated. When the shady stuff you’re up to absolutely negates saving the pope’s life not once but twice, you’re probably neck-deep in some serious shenanigans.