Eponymous Flower has the story. but first, here is something you can throw into the mix about coincidences and divine retribution.
The two patrons of Rome after St. Peter, are St. Paul and St. Lawrence. The earthquake on the Feast of Christ the King (in the proper calendar) that destroyed Norcia also damaged two basilicas in Rome, that of St. Lawrence and St. Paul Outside the Walls. St. Paul's is where the Popes have had various "ecumenical" gatherings. What you may not know, is the Cathedral in Lund which was consecrated in Anno Domini 1145, and which was stolen from the Church by Luther's heretics, was originally dedicated to St. Lawrence the Martyr.
Just a coincidence, to be sure.
(Rome) Last Saturday, the 5th of November, Radio Maria Italy has dismissed Father Giovanni Cavalcoli, one of the best-known moral theologians in Italy, who is close to Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican dissociated itself publicly from the statements by the Dominican, which the latter, really need had not have done at all. He was alleged to have claimed that the earthquakes in Central Italy was the punishment of God for the legalization of "homosexual marriage." [Homosexual is such a ridiculous word.]
The Catholic online daily La Fede Quotidiana (LFQ) spoke to the 75-year-old priest about the criticism from the Vatican. The moralist found clear words of disapproval for the Vatican's approach. The Secretariat of State publicly "contradicted" him and the Vatican media prepared the spreading of blame against him worldwide.