Vati Leaks-How Pope John Paul II organized his own sainthood

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by Tony Bushby Without prejudice Most Catholics are unaware that Pope John Paul II personally engineered his rapid elevation to sainthood. He made his first move in 1983, when, without notice, he abolished the office of the Devil’s advocate. His second move came in 1999 when he realized that his health was declining, and he then waived the condition that prevented the process of canonization from beginning until five years after a candidate’s death. Hence, the rule that had traditionally been used to allow for a more objective look at a person’s life and achievements no longer applied, and Pope John Paul II’s canonization process started just a few weeks after his death. As a result of his own rule changes, John Paul II is now soaring toward sainthood faster than any person in Catholic history.

Origin of the concept of the Devil’s advocate Originally, Pope John XV (sometimes designated Pope John XVI, 985-996) developed the canonization process, and ordered it to be applied to himself immediately after his death. Then, in 1587, and because of growing criticism and abuse of the procedure, Pope Sixtus V (1585-90) added to the canonization process by establishing an office for a promotor fidei, popularly called the Devil’s advocate (Latin: advocatus diabolus) whose job it was to argue against the canonization of the candidate. He was to publicly take a skeptical view of the candidate’s character, question the evidence, and argue that any miracles attributed to the candidate were fraudulent, etc. For more than four centuries, this process served a useful role in ensuring that canonizations did not proceed without due care, and hence the status of sainthood was not easily achieved. Pope John Paul II made sure that that process didn’t apply to him, and amidst widespread opposition from Catholic groups, he was beatified only six years after his death.

Later in time, his move to abolish the office of the Devil’s advocate was seen as a purposeful act to prevent public scrutiny of his early life after his death. The Catholic groups who openly expressed deep concern about the Vatican’s rush to sainthood, and the media uproar that their comments created, underscored a significant and irrepressible unease amongst millions of everyday Catholics who have no say in the governance of their Church. Just one month before the endless run-up to the beatification of Pope John Paul II, and to offset the growing criticism from its own ranks, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes stated (on April 1st, 2011), that the late Pope was not being beatified because of his pontificate, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. During a conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, the cardinal said; ‘Clearly his cause was put on the fast track, but the process was done carefully and meticulously following the rules Pope John Paul himself issued in 1983’.

When joking with the media for this photo shoot, Pope John Paul II appeared to be saying, ‘Look, and you will see the truth about me’. Sainthood: ‘A popularity contest for the dead’ Some Catholics described his rapid beatification as a ‘dark comedy’, saying that the explosion of the clerical sex abuse scandal during his pontificate cast a dark shadow on his reign, and he was

fast-tracked for sainthood by those who wanted to cover up the failings of his papacy. In Vatican City on Sunday May 1st, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the status of ‘blessed’ on his predecessor in front of an estimated 200,000 people after the Vatican had determined that John Paul II had performed the necessary miracle for his elevation. His beatification, the next-to-last stop on the road to canonization, was seen by some as a circus-type event stage-managed by Catholic officials to revitalize the memory of a dead pope with the hope that it would upstage the Protestant spectacle in London conducted the previous day with the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. That event was a happy and joyous occasion witnessed by an estimated TV audience of 2.1 billion people, while the Roman procedure was a solemn ceremony to credit a deceased Pope with spiritual acclaim. In a ghoulish performance that non-Catholics saw as an obscene display of the worship of the dead, his coffin was disinterred from its resting place of six years and placed on a platform beneath the main altar of St. Peter’s for pilgrims to sweep past in rituals.

© Reuters Vatican City: Pope John Paul II’s coffin was exhumed ahead of his beatification from the crypts below St Peter’s Basilica while Vatican officials and some of the late pope’s closest aides looked on. What was Pope John Paul II trying to hide? The long-standing rules of the canonization process were specifically changed by Pope John Paul II himself to ensure that he would be glorified in his death and speedily beatified. Cardinal Angelo Amato, during a conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome on April 1st, 2011, added that ‘a further sign of his personal holiness was the number of biographies published about him’. The Cardinal failed to mention that none of those biographies reveal the truth about John Paul II’s pre-papal years, and vital information was purposely withheld from public knowledge. Some of them are packed with blatant lies about those years, and one of his

more famous biographies covered the years from 1938 to 1946¹ in just 72 words, falsely saying that during that time he was piously studying to be a priest From the ages of 18 to 26).

Pope John Paul II (left rear) in his military outfit at school In those biographies, Pope John Paul II purposely distorted the truth about his pre-papal life, and misled millions of Catholics into believing matters about him that were untrue. The Vatican’s presentation of the life of Karol Wojtyla is a deliberate falsification of the facts of history, and the proposal to sanctify him is a cynical priesthood ploy to dishonestly present to the world a vision of devoutness in the leadership of the Catholic Church. It is little-known that there are around 100 sets of Secret Police files in Polish archives that record various aspects of the life of Karol Wojtyla, and the first that is publicly available is dated May 3rd, 1946. At that time, undercover agents claimed that Wojtyla was involved in an anti-Communist demonstration in Kraków that was put down by troops and military tanks. The question to be answered is this; ‘If John Paul II had not abolished the office of Devil’s advocate, would he have ever been beatified?’ The answer is NO and the reasons are revealed in ‘Pope John Paul II’s Dark Secrets’, an upcoming book by Tony Bushby.

© Polska/Draenger Polish Secret Police photograph of Karol Wojtyla under official surveillance. This picture was taken during an armed uprising in Kraków in 1946. Wojtyla came out of hiding for the occasion, for at that time he was in the Church’s ‘ratline’ in Cardinal Sapieha’s palace where he was ordained a priest later that same year (1946). Note the grenade in his hand made at UNIA’s bomb-making facility in Poland. (Extract from, ‘Pope John Paul II’s Dark Secrets’, upcoming by Tony Bushby) Comments
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Pope John Paul II’s pornography collection
Vati Leaks - Friday, December 16, 2011

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Pope John Paul II’s charismatic mixture of seeming guileless and single-minded ambition staved off a major exposure of his sexual orientation, and as his career developed, he publicly feigned holiness, but the records of history reveal that he was something far different from the Vatican’s presentation of him as a Pope of pious splendour. It is seldom mentioned that almost all of John Paul II’s pre-papal writings testify to his intense and ever-recurring interest in sex, with ongoing references to lust, fornication, sexual urge and adultery. One of his biographers confessed that ‘his

early writings have a certain danger of being misinterpreted as sexually explicit’ and tried to nullify the true nature of the Pope’s thoughts by saying that his expressions should be viewed as just unusual verbalism or maybe the result of translation errors. The sex fantasiesof a Catholic‘saint-to-be’ In the Polish edition of an dissertation he wrote in 1962 as Bishop Wojtyla entitled ’Love and Responsibility’, he commented about sexuality and female ‘frigidity’ which he thought was a consequence of male egoism. He said:
The man, while seeking his own satisfaction, often in a brutal manner, does not know or wish to understand the subjective desires of the woman, nor the objective laws of the sexual process going on inside her.

(Stories of Karol, Gian Franco Svidercoschi; Translated by Peter Heinegg, Gracewing, Herefordshire, pp. 144-5)

In Love and Responsibility Wojtyla dealt extensively with ‘sex drive, and its religious and ‘libido’ interpretation, absorption of ‘sexual shame’ by love, sexual psychopathology and ethics, and the concept of virginity’ (Pope John Paul II, The Biography, Tad Szulc, Scribner, New York, 1995, pp. 209-210). It marked the continuation of Wojtyla’s active preoccupation with sexuality, a concern that would dominate his pastoral and papal attention over the upcoming decades. Such were the true inner thoughts of the saint-to-be and later editions of Love and Responsibility were restructured by Catholic editors who confused his thoughts in a forest of detail to make them of ‘ethical acceptance’ (ibid) for Catholic readers. In other words, his document was ‘sanitized’ for public consumption, and like many other aspects of his life purposely ‘whitewashed’, it was made to appear to be something that it never originally was. Twoof PopeJohnPaul II’s ‘dirty little secrets’ It is not openly known that Pope John Paul II was not only a transvestite (photo evidence), but also a purveyor of pornographic literature, although the Vatican, by coyly using a ‘rare word’, admitted to the fact that in the seminary he studied ******* (withheld until publication of the book). Following an article written by a Vatican exorcist entitled, ‘Satan is in the Vatican’ in the New York Times on March 28th, 2010, a reader responded with this comment:
One way to help exorcise the devil from the Vatican is to make a large bonfire of all Pope John Paul II’s books of perversion; all the sex books and magazines that were ever published. He had the biggest collection on the face of

the earth. John Paul II bought them as soon as they came into the shops; he was no saint, but a pervert. That is how sex came in to the Vatican, with John Paul II.

(, Internet News Network)

Bishop’spornographypublishedwithPope’sconsent It is probable that the Pope purchased some of his pornographic literature that was published by ‘Weltbild’, a German publishing house 100% owned by Catholic bishops that produced a large range of exotic literature. ‘Weltbild’ flourished under John Paul II’s pontificate and expanded its production and sale of pornographic and satanic publications to around 2500 variant titles. Currently, ‘Weltbild’ has 6,400 employees and an annual turnover of €1.7 billion and is Germany’s largest bookseller after Amazon. The bishops originally purchased the publishing house early in the papacy of Pope John Paul II and rapidly expanded the business with the pontiff’s support. The Pope’sstrangeritual From the evidence available, Karol Wojtyla, to become Pope John Paul II in October 1978, and since his days in the ‘underground seminary’ in Poland, was fixated with pornographic literature, and later his ‘sex books and magazines’ were described by a monsignor living in Vatican City as ‘the biggest collection on the face of the earth’ (ref. available). Members of the Swiss Guard purchased publications and conveyed them to the Pope’s quarters in the Vatican’s Papal Palace. Staff at the papal mansion at Castel Gandolfo claimed that John Paul II regularly engaged in self-flagellation, and among his many vestments was a particular type of knuckled belt that he used to whip himself, probably during kinky sex acts. The question then to be asked is this: ‘What type of erotic literature did Pope John Paul II need to arouse him?’ That question is answered in upcoming chapters and it not only reveals a deep secret of the Holy See, but also John Paul II’s involvement in the most serious scandal the Catholic Church has faced since the Reformation. (Extracted from an upcoming book by Tony Bushby called; ‘Pope John Paul II’s Dark Secrets’; ‘Previously suppressed information about Catholicism’s most popular pontiff, including revelations about his ‘missing’ war years; why he was under surveillance by the Secret Polish Police; his involvement in the plot to murder Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani), and why the Holy See needed to rewrite his past’). %E2%80%99s_pornography_collection_/

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Catholic Church wholly owns German pornographic publishing house
Vati Leaks - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Controversy erupted in Germany this week with revelations about the Catholic Church’s ownership of Weltbild, one of the world’s largest pornographic publishing groups. The Church originally purchased Weltbild during the early years of the papacy of John Paul II (1978-2005) and gradually transformed it into one of Germany’s largest media companies that every year sells hundreds of thousands of erotic books from its 2500 titles. ‘To arrive at such a level, millions and millions of offerings and money transfers by the church have gone up in smoke. As far as the German bishops are concerned,‘Weltbild‘ represents a kind of bank; over the years, they have invested nearly 182 million Euros in church dues‘ (The Independent, November 13th, 2011).

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In 1998, and with the help of millions of dollars in a Church tax levied on believers, the company merged with five publishing houses of the ‘Georg von Holtzbrinck‘ group and became the ‘Droemer&Knaur‘ publishing corporation that specializes in producing pornographic material. ‘German bishops currently hold 50% of ‘Droemer&Knaur‘, which means that they are no longer just peddlers of erotic and pornographic material (through ‘Weltbild‘), they are now also producers‘ (The Independent). Another Catholic acquisition was Blue Panther Books, which was excluded from the list of participating publishers at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair allegedly because of the pornographic content of its titles.

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The revelations were made in Buchreport, an industry newsletter, and then reported in a German newspaper, Die Welt. It was revealed that Weltbild has 6,400 employees and an annual turnover of €1.7 billion, and is Germany’s largest bookseller after Amazon. On November 13th, 2011, ‘Vatican Insider‘ reported that ‘members of the ‘Weltbild’ board include representatives from twelve German Catholic dioceses and the ‘Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands’ (VDD or the Association of German Dioceses). The latter is a consortium of all the German episcopates, established to oversee mutual matters of law and finance. Shareholders of the ‘Weltbild’ company include the Dioceses of Trier, Aachen, Bamburg, Eichstätt, Fulda, Freiburg, Münster, Passau, Regensburg, Trier and Würzburg and the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The largest shareholdings are in the hands of, amongst others, the Association of German Dioceses (24.2%), the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising (13.2%) and the Diocese of Trier (11.7%). However, all German bishops are in fact co-owners of ‘Weltbild’, through their membership in the Association of German Dioceses’.

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The Independent reported that Weltbild’s managing director, Carel Haff, ‘was quoted as saying that the revelations had provoked ‘a very intense and critical dialogue’ within the company. Catholic bishops responded with a statement claiming that ‘a filtering system failure’ at the publishing house had allowed the books to stray on to the market. ‘We will put a stop to the distribution of possibly pornographic content in future’, they said. But Bernhard Mller, editor of the Catholic magazine PUR, dismissed the clerics’ reaction as grossly hypocritical. He alleged that the pornography scandal at Weltbild had been going on for at least a decade with the Church’s full knowledge’.

‘Mr. Mller said that in 2008, a group of concerned Catholics had sent bishops a 70-page document containing irrefutable evidence that Weltbild published books that promoted pornography, Satanism and magic. They demanded that the publisher withdraw the titles. But their protests appear to have been completely ignored. Writing in the Die Welt newspaper, Mr. Mller said most of the bishops refused to respond to the charges. ‘The sudden proclaimed astonishment of many church leaders that pornographic material is being distributed by their publishing house, is play acting -- bad play acting’, Mr. Mller said. ‘Believers have been complaining to their bishops about this for years’ (The Independent). Complaints were also made to the Vatican, and it is inconceivable to think that the late

Pope John Paul II, and now the current pope, German-born Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), did not know about one of the Church’s pornographic divisions operating in Germany. These revelations come at a time when Germany’s Catholic community is still in shock from the recent revelation of hundreds of cases of sexual and physical abuse of children by German priests and church employees, and believers are leaving the Church in their thousands. an_pornographic_publishing_house/

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Rampant depravity in Catholic priesthood exposed in trial
Vati Leaks - Monday, May 28, 2012

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Comments on the Philadelphia court case that is stunning the world by Tony Bushby Withoutprejudice There is a stench in the air about the Philadelphia priest's child sex abuse cover-up trial that is so putrid it makes me want to vomit every time I read the court transcripts.

On March 26, 2012 jurors began hearing graphic testimony from former Catholic
schoolchildren, parishioners and police detectives about the alleged dissolute lifestyles of predator Catholic priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese. As this high profile trial moves into its second month of testimony, many people are following the fate of Monsignor William Lynn, 61 who is accused of transferring paedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes to hide their earlier child sex abuse crimes, and Rev. William Brennan, accused of anally raping a 14-year-old boy in 1996. He and Lynn have both entered not guilty pleas, whileas a third co-defendant, defrocked priest Edward Avery, entered a guilty plea on the eve of the trial and is now in prison. It is a landmark case, since Monsignor Lynn is the first U.S. Church official ever charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly

leaving predators in jobs around children despite numerous prior complaints, but not on allegations that he molested children himself. The testimony so far has been horrifying, so what is it that is so vile about the culture of the Catholic priesthood that is being shown as rotten to the core?

Maybe it is the evidence of a priest who joked about how hard it was to rape three young boys in one week.

Maybe it is because it took the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a decade to respond to one official request for Church records.

Maybe it is hearing about a police raid on a rectory to arrest a priest after $15,000 worth of kiddie pornography was found under his bed.

Maybe it was hearing that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia allowed a paedophile priest to remain in parish ministry for five years after psychiatrists described him as 'a sick and dangerous man'.

Maybe it is because a newly assigned priest wrote a sexually graphic love letter to a young school boy he fancied.

Maybe it is because a priest had a stable of boys rotate through his rectory bedroom, once raping two at the same time so neither thought he was playing favorites.

Maybe it is hearing that a priest undressed a fifth grade boy in a small storage room, told him that God loved him, had him engage in oral intercourse and then ejaculated over the boy's face.

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Maybe it is coming to realize that many Catholic priests are dangerous cultural abnormalities Maybe it is because an admitted abusive priest was advised by his superiors to stay 'low key' around churches in case his victims spotted him.

Maybe it is the Holy Mother Church lamenting about how distressed she is about the child sex abuse revelations, but couldn't care less.

Maybe it is the empty rhetoric of the fat and jovial 'Comic Cardinal Dolan' who continues to dish out righteous-sounding but hollow and vague promises, such as we 'strive to the fullest

to end the societal scourge of child sexual abuse' and on the very same day that the Church itself announced a 15% increase in the number of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors committed by Roman Catholic priests or deacons in the United States in 2011.

Maybe it is the attitude of the Vatican in the whole proceedings as the Pope and his cardinals, while mouthing pious platitudes about their concern for the well-being of children in the care of the Church, are cowering like mangy mongrel dogs behind the protection of Vatican City's sovereignty status.

Maybe it is the new low of depravity to learn about a 'sick' priest who made schoolboys strip naked as they played Christ in a sadomasochistic play, and then whipped them with leather straps until they had cuts, bruises and welts on their bodies.

Maybe it is the detailed, and sick perversion of numerous individual and uncharged priests who will walk away free from their crimes.

Maybe it is that Catholic hierarchs knowingly let this form of terrorism happen right under their noses, and then protected the priests responsible.

Maybe it is because a West Virginia judge had to order a Church official to give evidence after he refused to testify at the trial.

Maybe it is the disgusting graphic daily newspaper reports as testimony is given describing the seamy underbelly of the Catholic Church and the lurid lifestyles of many mentallydisturbed predator priests.

Maybe it is the stunning allegations of an attempted male gang rape on a priest at a USA Catholic seminary

Maybe it is because the ongoing revelations are personal testimony in a court of law, under oath, and on the record.

Maybe it is being reminded that Philadelphia's archdiocese placed 23 'suspect' priests on administrative leave following the release of the 2011 grand jury report.

Maybe it is headlines like these: 1. 'Witness: Bishop Sexually Abused Teen Boy'

2. 'Cardinal Bevilacqua broke civil and Church laws' 3. Obstruction of justice cubed' (Canon Law expert), in reference to the 1994 shredding ordered by Cardinal Bevilacqua of a list of 35 accused Philadelphia priests 4. 'Cardinal Bevilacqua Helps Out Convicted Priest Who Loves Kiddie Porn' Everything you'd want in a cardinal, right?

Maybe it is wondering who ordered Cardinal Bevilacqua to destroy the files. Was it Pope John Paul II, or then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who at the time of the shredding in 1994 was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) that supposedly lead investigations into child sex abuse by Catholic priests around the world?

Maybe it was hearing that Cardinal Bevilacqua joined with Pennsylvania bishops 'to examine how the dioceses … can better protect their secret archives from civil-law discovery' (Court records)


MonsignorWilliamLynn On and on it goes, day after day and becoming increasingly sordid and shocking … priests sucking little boy's penises; gay bondage porn in the Church; priests kissing and fondling minors; confiscated pornography; priests anally sodomizing and imposing oral sex on their victims; 'rotation' of molestation of teen victims between competing priests; Nuns made to clean up after priest's orgies; clergy groping six-year-olds; priests stalking children; 10,000 potentially incriminating documents; secret therapy for priests; boozed clergy, 'unnatural clerical involvements'; secret Catholic files, etc, etc. Enough already! Defenceless kids have been raped in an international clerical conspiracy, and the Vatican hierarchy connived to cover-up the evidence in an effort to protect a dishonest 'Catholic industry'. The point of the fact is that the Philadelphia trial is publicly presenting a first-hand and ongoing picture of decades of vile and sickening behaviour by Catholic cardinals, bishops, monsignors and priests, all operating with the full knowledge and support of popes. Vaticanmiredin scandal The trial revelations are not isolated incidents, and the disturbing message coming from the Philadelphia courtroom is typical of every Catholic diocese in the world, as witnessed by the explosion of priesthood sex scandals in Ireland, Australia, Germany, Chile, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Sweden, Haiti, Holland, Poland, England, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia, France, Norway, the Philippines, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Austria, Belgium and Brazil, where 1700 priests were recently accused of sexual abuses on little children. An honest Vatican-produced 'Catholic Registry of Dangerous Paedophile Priests' would contain tens of thousands of names, including that of a recent pope, and it is probable that the Holy See has such a registry securely hidden away in its Secret Archives.

Callingthe Churchof Rometo accountability It is difficult to find the correct metaphors to describe the magnitude of events occurring in the Catholic Church today; cataclysms, seismic shifts, twisters, or hurricanes, are not enough to cover evidence of a growing clerical criminal phenomenon that is beyond the ordinary sphere of human understanding. The disturbing patterns emerging on many fronts make it difficult to construct a mega-image of what is actually happening in the Catholic Church, but 'looming apocalypse' would be an approximation, confirmed by the Third Secret of Fatima that predicted the Catholic Church would self-destruct from within by 2017. The institutionalized nature of Catholicism's rampant criminal activity reveals the true nature of its popes, but also the full Vatican bureaucracy that supports and encourages people of this persuasion into its priesthood and then systematically and knowingly conceals their felonies when the true motives of many priests are publicly exposed. Buried deep in this repulsive and ever-expanding child-abuse scandal, the Pope, his cardinals and his bishops have their backs to the wall, and only a fraction of the evidence has yet been presented. Never before has a trial apparently carried such implications for the papacy, for if the allegations that Monsignor Lynn knowingly ignored child sexual abuse by priests are upheld in court, then the public can expect an avalanche of new legal actions against clergymen around the world, including bishops and cardinals. All roadslead to Rome We should also remember that the Pope is not excluded from the prosecutors' dragnet, as shown by the filing of a comprehensive criminal complaint against him and Cardinals Bertone, Levada and Sodano in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. In September last year, SNAP, the priest abuse survivor's network, filed the powerful complaint, alleging a worldwide priest child abuse cover-up in the Catholic Church alleging crimes against humanity, and last month, supplemented its original claims with additional charges after receiving a spate of new allegations from nearly 500 victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers from many countries. SNAP's claim was supported by Amnesty International, the world's largest human rights organization that accused the Vatican and the Catholic Church with human rights violations for failing to protect children from abuse, and for failure to comply with international mandates to protect children. Stormcloudsover the Vatican

The anticipated aftermath of the Philadelphia trial presents a ticking time-bomb for the Pope, who by now must be seriously concerned about how the daily revelations from evidence being presented will affect him in the actions against him in The Hague. Adding to the Pope's woes, the recent appointment of Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, the mother of two children as the new International Criminal Court lead prosecutor, may be causing him and the cardinals to squirm a little about the eventual outcome of SNAP's ICC court case. Faced with a deluge of negative world-wide publicity, the Holy See and its priesthood have some dark days ahead, and as the national and international prosecutors storm the Vatican's walls, it's every old pope and cardinal for himself. Growingpublicloathing One aspect of the crisis confronting the Vatican today is the widespread collapse of support for the hierarchy on the part of the traditionally loyal and dutiful laity. The Holy See's obsessions for pretentious costumes, lacy frocks and gilded papal ceremonies helps make them numb towards the plights of sexually abused children. Facing the scope of the growing revelations amidst deluge of clerical filth charges, millions of people are now legitimately asking: 'Is the Catholic Church corrupt?' The constant bombshells coming forward from the Philadelphia trial add up to a growing revulsion against people who support the malicious Vatican system that provides for these and other crimes, and who ignore an historical Catholic phenomenon that has destroyed the lives and hope of thousands of innocent people. Catholics, you should be disgusted, disillusioned and ashamed with your clergy. They are dragging you down into the pit of slime with them. A vote of 'No Confidence' is overdue. Do something positive! Get out!! You are better than your Church! Why pretend that your clergy is anything more than an international child-molesting cartel of prowling paedophile priests protected by bishops, cardinals and popes? And please folks!!! 'Don't let your children go to Sunday school alone, Catholic or Protestant'. Tony Bushby exposed_in_trial/

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest
By Sarah Hoye, CNN
March 26, 2012 -- Updated 1828 GMT (0228 HKT)

Catholic church official to stand trial
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS Monsignor William Lynn is accused of covering up evidence of sexual abuse Lynn served as the secretary for clergy under the former Philadelphia archbishop A grand jury report accused the archdiocese of failing to investigate accusations

Philadelphia (CNN) -- Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children. Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan appeared before Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina inside a nearly filled Philadelphia courtroom. The attendees had to pass through a metal detector and surrender all electronic devices before entering the courtroom. Commonwealth prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho told jurors in her nearly hour-long opening statement that Lynn's role was to protect priests, the church and privacy "at any cost." Lynn, dressed in all black and wearing a priest collar, listened intently as Coelho argued that he knowingly covered up incidents of sexual abuse, including alleged acts by Brennan, and "ignored common sense and placed children at risk." Lynn, 61, who served as the secretary for clergy under former Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the alleged assaults. From 1992 until 2004, Lynn was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children. Brennan, 48, is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Both pleaded not guilty in April. Their defense attorneys were slated to give their opening statements Monday afternoon. Last year, a Philadelphia grand jury report accused the archdiocese of failing to investigate claims of sexual abuse of children by priests. The grand jury report led to the Philadelphia district attorney's office criminally charging four Philadelphia priests and a parochial school teacher with raping and assaulting boys in their care, while Lynn was accused of allowing the abusive priests to have access to children. Defrocked priest Edward Avery was slated to go on trial with Lynn and Brennan, but he pleaded guilty last week to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger welfare of child, according to court documents. Avery was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison. He is scheduled to report for his sentence on April 2.

The plea agreement does not require Avery to testify against Lynn. Judge Sarmina advised jurors to "keep an open mind" and "not speculate about" Avery's absence. The Philadelphia scandal could open a historic chapter in the abuse crisis, church watchers say, by changing the way the American criminal justice system deals with church abuse. The charges are unusual because they go beyond accusations against priests and included a church higher-up charged with covering up the abuse, which church experts say has never happened in the United States before. Avery and Charles Engelhardt are charged with assaulting a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome Parish in Philadelphia in 1998 and 1999. Avery was defrocked in 2006. Bernard Shero, a teacher at the school, is charged with assaulting the same boy there in 2000. Engelhardt and Shero, who pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse and conspiracy charges in April, are facing sex abuse charges and will be tried separately in September. Cardinal Bevilacqua, who died on January 31, testified 10 times before grand juries in 2003 and 2004. A final grand jury report said it had no doubt that the cardinal knew about the danger posed by the accused priests and his actions endangered thousands of children in the archdiocese. Bevilacqua served as archbishop of Philadelphia from February 11, 1988, to October 7, 2003, the archdiocese said in announcing his death. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on June 28, 1991. Lynn would face a maximum of 14 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to the district attorney's office. After the release of the January 2011 grand jury report, Cardinal Justin Rigali, who later resigned as Philadelphia's archbishop, placed Lynn on administrative leave. A total of 23 priests in the Philadelphia area have been placed on administrative leave by the archdiocese, 21 on March 7, 2011. The two other priests, who were retired but were allowed to assist in priestly duties, were placed on leave 23 days later. A gag order imposed by a Philadelphia judge remains in effect. It bars all parties involved in the criminal case from talking to the media.

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Papst Benedikt: "Wegen vorgerückten Alters nicht mehr für den Petrusdienst geeignet"

Gianluigi Nuzzi hat zwei Bestseller über die Machtspiele im Vatikan geschrieben und die Kirche in schwere Krisen gestürzt. Ist dies mitverantwortlich für den Rückzug des Papstes? "Nur wer an Märchen glaubt, vertritt die Version, dass er ausschließlich aus Erschöpfung zurückgetreten ist", sagt Nuzzi.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Signor Nuzzi, waren Sie überrascht, als Sie vom Rücktritt des Papstes gehört haben? ANZEIGE Nuzzi: Total. Es war ein Schock für mich. Die Entscheidung hat mich vollkommen aus der Bahn geworfen, weil Benedikt XVI. für mich immer Maßstäbe gesetzt hat in der katholischen Kirche. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Erstaunlich, Sie selbst haben doch in einem Buch geheime Papst-Dokumente veröffentlicht, die Ihnen der Kammerdiener des Pontifex zugespielt hat. Das war ein veritabler Imageschaden für den heiligen Vater und die ohnehin skandalerschütterte katholische Kirche. Sind Sie nicht mitschuldig am Rücktritt Benedikts? Nuzzi: Er ist aus freien Stücken gegangen, dafür bin ich nicht verantwortlich. Ich habe getan, was ein Journalist tun muss: Informationen zugänglich gemacht, die ich für skandalös hielt. Mit der Veröffentlichung der Dokumente hat sich etwas gravierend verändert, wir haben eine Trennwand zu einer hermetisch verschlossenen Welt, dem Vatikan, durchbrochen. Nichts ist mehr wie vorher. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Hatte der Papst vielleicht Angst vor weiteren Enthüllungen? Nuzzi: Benedikt XVI. hat weiß Gott andere Probleme, als sich vor dem Auftauchen neuer Geheimakten zu fürchten. Er liest das Evangelium. Darin steht: "Was man euch ins Ohr flüstert, das verkündet von den Dächern." Den Papst beunruhigt nicht, was er in irgendwelchen Briefen über die römische Kurie liest, sondern das, was er im Fernsehen erfährt - was also an ihm vorbei nach außen gelangt. Er macht sich Sorgen um die Vatikanbank IOR. Darüber, dass einige Kardinäle die Entlassung des einst

von ihm installierten Präsidenten Ettore Gotti Tedeschi nicht zurücknehmen wollten, obwohl der Wirtschaftsethiker doch für Transparenz sorgen und Geldwäsche verhindern sollte... SPIEGEL ONLINE: ...und gerade im Zusammenhang mit dem Skandal um die Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena verhört wurde, desgleichen zu den Ermittlungen gegen den Rüstungskonzern Finmeccanica. Warum ist Benedikt XVI. Ihrer Meinung nach wirklich zurückgetreten? Nuzzi: Darüber kann ich nur Vermutungen anstellen. Er war allein - und man hat ihn allein gelassen. Es ist ihm nicht gelungen, einem Umfeld im Vatikan zu entkommen, das in heftige Machtkämpfe verstrickt ist. Ihm fehlten die Kraft und das Interesse für politische Auseinandersetzungen. Als Hirte war er revolutionär, aber nicht als Politiker. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Dennoch hätte er sich im Klaren sein müssen, dass er die römische Kurie und ihre ehrgeizigen Kardinäle kontrollieren muss, um nicht aufzulaufen. Nuzzi: Das stimmt. Trotzdem hat er mit seinem Rücktritt große Stärke gezeigt und eine missliche Situation beendet, anstatt sie quälend in die Länge zu ziehen. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Meinen Sie seinen schlechten Gesundheitszustand oder die Konflikte mit der Kurie? Nuzzi: Nur wer an Märchen glaubt, vertritt die Version, dass der Heilige Vater ausschließlich aus Erschöpfung zurückgetreten ist. Die römische Kurie ist ein kompliziertes System, in dem jeder versucht, seine persönlichen Interessen durchzusetzen. Die Stimmung ist belastend, reformfeindlich. Es hat den Papst sehr enttäuscht, dass es ihm nicht gelungen ist, dieses System zu verändern. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Kann man seinen historischen Schritt als eine Art Großreinemachen im Vatikan interpretieren? Als ein planvolles Zur-Seite-Treten, um Platz zu machen für neues Personal? Nuzzi: Es war mit Sicherheit eine Geste, die all jene im Vatikan verurteilt, die sich beharrlich gegen Transparenz und Veränderungen gewehrt haben. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Wie zum Beispiel sein mächtiger Kardinalstaatssekretär Tarcisio Bertone, der zweite Mann im Kirchenstaat, der auch als möglicher Nachfolger gehandelt wird? Nuzzi: Beobachter gehen davon aus, dass Ratzingers Vertrauen in Bertone seit langem erschöpft war. Der Kardinalstaatssekretär hatte massive Kritik auf sich gezogen, wurde von vielen als ungeeignet für den Posten angesehen. Aber Benedikt XVI. konnte ihn nicht absetzen, das hätte ein schlechtes Licht auf ihn und seine Führungsqualitäten geworfen. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Dann war Bertone offenbar nicht gefährlich genug? Nuzzi: Sagen wir es mal so: Von den beiden ist es Ratzinger, der stets zum Wohl der Kirche gehandelt hat. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Muss der Machtanspruch der europäischen Kardinäle gezügelt werden? Kann ein Papst aus Afrika oder Amerika die katholische Kirche in eine neue Zeit führen?

Nuzzi: Ratzinger hat in dieser Sache bereits ein Zeichen gesetzt. Auf dem Konsistorium im vergangenen November hat er sechs neue Kardinäle ernannt - und keiner von ihnen kam aus Europa. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Wer hat derzeit den größten Machtanspruch im Vatikan? Nuzzi: Mit Sicherheit die Gruppe um Kardinalstaatssekretär Bertone. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Glauben Sie, dass es innerhalb der Kurie bereits eine ausgeklügelte Strategie gibt, wer als neuer Papst installiert werden soll? ANZEIGE Nuzzi: Diese Frage bereitet mir schlaflose Nächte. Ich hoffe nicht. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Haben Sie einen persönlichen Favoriten unter den als Nachfolger gehandelten Kandidaten? Nuzzi: Keinen konkreten. Aber ich hoffe, dass es kein Italiener wird. Das Interview führte Annette Langer

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Interview mit Vatileaks-Autor: “Der Papst hatte keine Angst vor Geheimakten” Interview Annette Langer
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Gianluigi Nuzzi hat zwei Bestseller über die Machtspiele im Vatikan geschrieben und die Kirche in schwere Krisen gestürzt. Ist dies mitverantwortlich für den Rückzug des Papstes? “Nur wer an Märchen glaubt, vertritt die Version, dass er ausschließlich aus Erschöpfung zurückgetreten ist”, sagt Nuzzi. Leggi Articolo

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Para jornalista que divulgou documentos secretos do papa, Cúria está dividida
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Um dos responsáveis pelas denúncias que deflagraram o escândalo conhecido como “Vatileaks” –o vazamento de documentos secretos da Santa Sé–, o jornalista italiano Gianluigi Nuzzi, 43, disse que a renúncia de Bento 16 foi causada pela perda de poder do papa para reformar a cúpula Vai all’Articolo Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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Il giornalista che per primo ha denunciato quel che sta accadendo in Vaticano dice la sua sulle dimissioni del papa. Dietro al gesto di Benedetto XVI, ci spiega Nuzzi in un’intervista esclusiva, c’è una guerra segreta…Leggi l’intervista Posted in Articoli | 3 Replies

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Der italienische Star-Journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi ist überzeugt: Papst Benedikt XVI. ist zurückgetreten, um ein Zeichen gegen die Missstände im Vatikan zu setzen. Als Theologe habe er sich überfordert gefühlt, die wirtschaftlichen Probleme des Kirchenstaats zu lösen. Er habe in der Kurie keine Freunde gehabt. Sein Nachfolger müsse nun vor allem die von Skandalen erschütterte Vatikan-Bank reformieren. Articolo Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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Die Vatikan-Bank scheint bei den aktuellen italienischen Korruptions-Skandalen eine zentrale Rolle zu spielen. Benedikt XVI. hatte verzweifelt versucht, die Bank aus den Schlagzeilen zu bekommen – und wurde von den Machenschaften der „Unberührbaren“ förmlich überrollt. Am Ende blieb ihm nur der spektakuläre Rücktritt. Leggi Articolo Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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The Pope and the Spy Who Loved Him
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The butler did it! That was the tabloid take on the unprecedented breach of security that shook the Vatican last year, when a trove of secrets plucked from one of the most impenetrable places on earth—the pope’s private quarters— was leaked to the media. But why did he do it? And did he act alone? Sean Flynn digs around the Vatican’s strange, cloistered world and unravels a cloak-and-dagger scandal that’s a lot more layered than the Church would have you believe—and that may be just the beginning. Read More

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Su Facebook ho iniziato a pubblicare le email che ricevo da molti sacerdoti eccone alcune: “Gli hanno reso impossibile governare coerentemente secondo il Vangelo e questa ormai era l’unica scelta rimasta per non essere complice, o pedina, dei loro riprorevoli giochi di potere. Come lo capisco! Questo vuol dire essere un uomo di Dio” Don Francesco Romano Palermo Sono un sacerdote suo coetaneo che vive nella provincia di Roma. Avevo letto i suoi libri e ho avuto il piacere di vederla e ascoltarla ieri sera a “Piazza pulita”. Mi congratulo con lei per l’analisi giusta e seria che ha fatto sul Papa e le sue problematiche: lei ha centrato al 95% tutte le motivazioni. E il restante cinque per cento… non si può dire! Tra tanti “mestieranti” lei è un bravo giornalista. Grazie, don Angelo Cordelli. Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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Kein Kuschelpapst im Mammon-Sumpf
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Benedikt XVI. verfügte Änderungen in der skandalträchtigen Vatikanbank und brüskierte so die Finanzmafia
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Il Papa, Bertone e Agca. Parla Nuzzi
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Le dimissioni di Benedetto XVI, i rapporti tra Raztinger e il segretario di Stato, Tarcisio Bertone, e il libro autobiografico di Agca in una conversazione di con il giornalista Gianluigi Nuzzi, autore del libroinchiesta “Sua Santità – Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI” Leggi Intervista Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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Gianluigi Nuzzi, autore del best seller “Vaticano Spa”, si è detto commosso e addolorato per il pontefice “malato, con il condizionale d’obbligo, che deve essere usato”. “Merita enorme rispetto anche il dolore che il Papa ha provato in questi anni di ombre per il Vaticano”.

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“Verrat im Vatikan”, sulla ZDF, domenica 13 gennaio alle 23.35
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Há um ano, Gianluigi Nuzzi revelou, no seu programa de televisão, uma carta secreta do núncio apostólico Carlo Viganò ao Papa. Nos meses seguintes, bombardeou o mundo com cartas e documentos confidenciais de Bento XVI, expondo um Vaticano de traições, guerras de poder e influência de máfias. Nunca revelou as suas fontes, mas presos na Santa Sé estão já Paolo Gabriele, mordomo do Papa, que alegadamente fotocopiou tudo, e o informático Claudio Sciarpelletti. Na apresentação do seu livro “Sua Santidade”, em Portugal, Nuzzi acusou o Vaticano de só ter agido contra os denunciadores. leggi Articolo Posted in Articoli | Leave a reply

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VatiLeaks Exposes Internal Memos of the Catholic Church
May 24, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Updated The pope's butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested in Vatican City on Friday, suspected of leaking hundreds of documents to Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI. Sources say Garbriele had been under surveillance for weeks and was caught red-handed with documents he should not have had. Papal spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed to Italian news service Ansa that Gabriele had been found "in illegal possession of confidential documents." Gabriele is in custody within the Vatican's secretive judicial system, which is separate from the Italian state judicial system. The butler's arrest came just hours after the Vatican ousted Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi for "failing to fulfill the primary functions of his office," according to a statement from the Holy See. Tedeschi is also being investigated for leaking confidential documents to investors.

A massive information dump nicknamed ‘VatiLeaks’ has the Catholic Church sweating. Barbie Latza Nadeau talks to Gianluigi Nuzzi, the journalist exposing Pope Benedict XVI’s internal memos.
Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi first met “Maria” in the spring of 2011 at a secret rendezvous in an unfurnished apartment under the shadow of St. Peter’s basilica in Rome. He had been summoned there by secret Vatican insiders who had vetted him for weeks through banal meetings in coffee houses and cocktail bars. They followed him, checked out his friends, even set up false appointments just to observe him. When they finally trusted him, he met the informers who would betray the Catholic Church like no one before. In a massive document dump that has been dubbed “VatiLeaks,” Nuzzi managed to shed light on an institution that has been enshrined in secrecy for centuries. For a year Nuzzi was a conduit for sensitive documents that surfaced from deep within the Curia Romana, which he highlighted in his Italian television show The Untouchables. This week, he published the documents in full in a book called Sua Santità—Le Carte Segrete di Benedetto XVI or Your Holiness: The Secret Papers ofBenedict XVI. He says he kept the documents on a USB key sewn into his neckties, and he worried constantly that someone might try to harm him or steal them back. Since his first television program, VatiLeaks has made a major impact in Rome. The reopening of the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared 30 years ago, has come to symbolize the VatiLeaks scandal and a small victory for transparency in the Roman Catholic Church. And earlier this month, the Holy See conceded to allow the opening of the tomb of a notorious mobster who was interred inside a Vatican church in an unprecedented act of cooperation with Italian police who want to find the truth in the Orlandi case. “The people who provided these documents did it because they’d had enough of the lies,” Nuzzi told The Daily Beast. “They did it at great risk, and if they are ever found out, they will likely disappear without a trace.” Nuzzi had touched a nerve with his 2010 Vatican SPA, an investigative book on the Vatican banking practices. He says he was likely chosen as the messenger for these documents because he had

challenged the church before. When he was summoned to meet his main source, “Maria”—whose gender and age remain a secret—he says he didn’t know what to expect. He was given keys to a nondescript apartment in the Prati district of Rome, which was completely void of furniture except for one plastic chair in the middle of the marble-floored living room. “As a journalist you often follow blind leads and meet with people who know little or nothing,” Nuzzi says. “But I knew right away that this was going to be the biggest thing I’d ever been involved with.”

Pope Benedict XVI. (Tony Gentile, Pool / AP Photo) The two had a standing meeting at the apartment on Thursdays to avoid having to use the telephone or other traceable means of communication. Sometimes other informants would come, other times “Maria” would fail to show up, so Nuzzi would go back the following week. He says he thinks his sources gave him the documents out of duty after witnessing years of lies and manipulation by the church. “Since Karol Wojtyla [Pope John Paul II] died, I started putting copies of documents aside that I came across in my job at the Vatican,” Nuzzi quotes “Maria” in the book. “The truth emerging in the newspapers and the official discourse within the Holy See was so different, the hypocrisy reigned supreme, and the scandals were multiplying. I’m not talking only about the pedophilia and murder cases like the killing of the Swiss Guard and the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, but about money laundering, corruption, and threats.” The heavily footnoted book has photos of the documents and transcripts of the letters, faxes, and internal memorandums between Pope Benedict XVI and key Italian politicians and world leaders. Some of the documents are titillating, like secret correspondence from Dino Boffo, the former editor of the Catholic newspaper Avvenire, asking a high-ranking cardinal and the pope to intervene against editor Gain Maria Vian of the rival Catholic newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, who had leaked allegations that Boffo had harassed the wife of his gay lover. There are also letters from Italian public figures like Bruno Vespa, a well-known television journalist—like an Italian Mike Wallace—whose note with a donation of €10,000 donation to the church included a peculiar postscript: “When can I have a private audience?” One document outlines the trail of a €100,000 white truffle, donated by a prestigious Italian in exchange for a papal favor, which ended up in a soup-kitchen pasta lunch for the homeless.

The book also contains ample reference to the troubled American church, which was nearly bankrupted by legal costs and payments to victims of pedophile priests. In spite of its strategic importance for the Roman Catholic Church, the American church was considered a purgatory in terms of papal appointments. No one wanted to be “sent to Washington” to deal with the crises, which included the pedophilia scandal, the liberal American nuns, and liberal government policies that contradicted key church teachings. Nuzzi was given a number of documents referencing multi-million-dollar transfers to bail out the American diocese, including $10 million sent to the Wilmington, Del., Federal Bankruptcy Court, which shows for the first time just how much money the American church has cost the Holy See.

Italian journalist and writer Gianluigi Nuzzi looks on during the presentation of his new book " Sua Santita, le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI" in Rome on May 23, 2012. (Andreas Solaro, AFP / Getty Images) Anyone who crossed the wrong cardinals in Rome risked being sent to oversee the troubled American diocese. For example, Cardinal Carlo Maria Vigano had uncovered widespread corruption in the Vatican accounting department and wrote a series of letters to the pope pleading that he consider making highlevel changes to stem the money laundering, nepotism, and embezzlement going on in the church. Soon after his initial complaints, he received notice of his impending transfer to Washington, D.C., three years before the end of his tenure. He pleaded with the pope to let him stay: “Holy Father, my transfer at this time would provoke much disorientation and discouragement in those who have believed it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of power that have been rooted in the management of so many departments,” he wrote. He was transferred to Washington late last year. Nuzzi, who has also published the documents on his blog, says that the book, which shot to No. 1 in sales in Italian stores, is not an anti-Catholic tome. “I’m not making any judgments either way,” he says. “There are no personal letters or information about private lives. These are all documents that the church should make public for the sake of transparency.”

As a journalist you often follow blind leads and meet with people who know little or nothing,”

Nuzzi says. “But I knew right away that this was going to be the biggest thing I’d ever been involved with.”
The Vatican says the publication of the secret documents is criminal. Nuzzi says that he wishes his informers could take some credit for their bravery. But instead, they risk serious consequences if their identity is ever discovered. Anyway, Nuzzi says he never knew their real names. He says they came up with the code name “Maria” together because of its significance in the Church, referring to Catholicism teaching that Mary, a virgin, gave birth to Jesus Christ. “Maria, the unsuspected messenger became a joke between us,” he says. “There was often a touch of humor or irony to where and when the documents arrived.” But the pope is not amused. He has appointed a trio of heavy-handed prelates led by Opus Dei leader Julian Herranz to stop the leaks—one way or another. “The latest publication of documents of the Holy See and private documents of the Holy Father can no longer be considered a questionable—and objectively defamatory—journalistic initiative, but clearly assumes the character of a criminal act,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the chief Vatican spokesman. For Nuzzi, that just proves he did the right thing. “What was I going to do, sit here on all these documents?” he asks. “Don’t you think Catholics who give millions to the church deserve to know the truth?” Even when that truth is stranger than fiction. Like The Daily Beast on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates all day long. Barbie Latza Nadeau, author of the Beast Book Angel Face, about Amanda Knox, has reported from Italy for Newsweek since 1997 and for The Daily Beast since 2009. She is a frequent contributor to CNN Traveller, Departures, Discovery, and Grazia. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, and NPR. For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at

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Over the past few days, hundreds of people have contacted Vatileaks asking where they can read the papal documents recently leaked from the Vatican that created the scandal that lifted the lid on a world of Catholic clerical intrigue and bitter rivalry in the Holy See. They are found in a new book by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi called, 'His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI'. At this stage, it is published only in the Italian language, but maybe soon it will be translated into English so the internal workings of the Vatican can be absorbed by an even larger audience. The article presented here is by John L. Allen Jr., an American journalist based in Rome who specializes in news about the Catholic Church. He is senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and vaticanologist of CNN and NPR. This is his learned summary of 'His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI'. Ponderingthe 'what', not the 'who', of Vatileaks

John L. Allen Jr. on Jun. 01, 2012 All Things Catholic
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While the arrest of the pope's butler has triggered feverish speculation about the "who" of the Vatican leaks scandal, there's been less attention so far to the "what" of the revelations contained in the sensational new book His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI, published by journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. In part, that's because the scores of documents in the 326-page book are complex and highly diverse, often composed in dense ecclesiastical Italian; in part, that's because a Vatican whodunit is tough to resist. Yet the substance of the leaks obviously merits consideration, so below, I present a sampling of the highlights, including material likely to interest English-speaking readers. Later, I'll roll out more. First, this caution: The mere fact that a document exists does not automatically make its content credible. Some official documents, even if they're stamped "top secret," do little more than record gossip, spin or self-serving opinion. Each purported revelation has to be evaluated on its merits.

Overview The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI contains 11 chapters, two concerning Nuzzi's sources and the genesis of the project, and nine devoted to the documents themselves. Nuzzi quotes from the documents throughout the text, and an appendix contains reproductions. The nine content chapters cover the following subjects: 1. The Dino Boffo case 2. Controversies surrounding Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, currently the papal ambassador in Washington, D.C. 3. Vatican finances 4. The Vatican's role in Italian politics 5. The Vatican security forces 6. Controversies surrounding Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State 7. Communion and Liberation, the Legionaries of Christ, and the Lefebvrists 8. Globalization and its economic impact on the Catholic church 9. Vatican diplomacy Nuzzi opens by describing the clandestine circumstances under which he met his principal source, whom he refers to under the code name "Maria." In light of debate over whether the pope's butler acted alone (assuming he's involved at all), it's interesting to note that Nuzzi describes "Maria" not as an isolated whistle-blower, but a conduit for a larger faction in the Vatican. Nuzzi points to "a small group of persons with different functions and roles, in various entities of the Holy See, but united in the same choice ... to preserve papers which reveal unknown plots, controversies and affairs of the church, in every corner of the world." In terms of motive, Nuzzi describes this group as composed of reformers fed up with "crooks and power games" who believe Benedict XVI wants change but who have lost confidence in the people around him to implement it. The decision to leak, Nuzzi writes, is thus motivated by a desire to "accelerate the action of reform undertaken by Ratzinger."

The Boffocase For Italians, the story of Dino Boffo, a prominent lay Catholic journalist, is already the stuff of legend. There's now even an Italian phrase, the "Boffo method," as a short-hand for a style of character assassination. At one time the editor of l'Avvenire, the highly influential daily of the Italian bishops' conference, Boffo resigned amid personal scandal in September 2009. A newspaper owned by the brother of Italy's then-prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, had published a judicial decree from 2004 that found Boffo guilty of telephonic harassment, along with a set of purported judicial notes indicating Boffo is "a known homosexual who has already come to the attention of the police for this kind of activity." It turned out, however, that while the harassment decree was real, the judicial note calling him a "known homosexual" was a fake. That discovery triggered massive speculation about who had sabotaged Boffo, all of which was amply -- some would say, excessively -- reported at the time, mostly through anonymous sources. Nuzzi adds a bombshell: two lengthy letters written by Boffo himself, addressed to Monsignor Georg Gänswein, the priest-secretary of Pope Benedict XVI. With no hesitation whatsoever, Boffo directly accuses Secretary of State Bertone and Gianmaria Vian, editor of the Vatican newspaper, of orchestrating the plot against him. Boffo asserts that Bertone resented his support for "continuity" in the Italian bishops' conference between its former president, the ultra-powerful Cardinal Camillo Ruini, and its current head, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. (At the time, Bertone aspired to replace the Italian bishops as the primary interlocutor with the Italian government.) "I don't believe, to be honest with you, that Cardinal Bertone was informed of the details of the action conducted by Vian," Boffo tells Gänswein, "but [Vian] perhaps could count, as in other situations, on accurately interpreting the mind of his superior." Gänswein called Boffo after receiving the letter, after which Boffo wrote him again, this time largely to assure the pope's secretary that he's not a homosexual. Nuzzi adds a letter Boffo wrote to Bagnasco in September 2010, this time requesting rehabilitation. Boffo explicitly repeats his charges against Bertone and Vian. Noting that he had received numerous

requests to give interviews, Boffo wrote he had declined because, "If I speak, it's not as if I can skip over the part played by Bertone-Vian." One month later, his rehabilitation arrived, when Boffo was hired to run the massive SAT2000 broadcast empire of the Italian bishops. Nuzzi draws this conclusion: We now know Boffo accused both the Cardinal-Secretary of State and the editor of the Vatican newspaper, by name, of very serious crimes -- defamation of character, as well as falsifying a legal document. According to Nuzzi, if Boffo's accusations were judged credible, then Bertone and Vian should have been prosecuted. If his accusations were considered false, then Boffo was a strange candidate indeed for another high-profile church job. Nuzzi thus implies that Boffo's story amounts to a case in which the desire to paper over a public mess and to keep everyone happy (or, at least, equally unhappy) prevailed over establishing the truth. Vaticanfinances Nuzzi's book offers several nuggets about the dollar-and-cents dimension of Vatican life. On page 89, he summarizes a receipt for donations during one of Benedict XVI's general audiences in spring 2006. The haul that day was $62,000, of which $51,000 came in cash and the balance in checks. Nuzzi estimates a typical audience nets between $50,000 and $185,000, depending on the size of the crowd and other factors. If that's correct, the annual intake from the general audiences would come to roughly $3 million. Those funds, he writes, are deposited in a Vatican Bank account to be used at the pope's discretion, usually for charities or other purposes, with Gänswein being the designated administrator of the account. Nuzzi also provides details on how personalities in and around the Vatican use money, sometimes subtly and sometimes less so, to try to influence decisions. In 2006, Italian layman Angelo Caloia, at the time the president of the so-called "Vatican Bank," offered a gift of more than $60,000 to Benedict XVI. Nuzzi publishes the note Caloia attached to the gift:

"Holy Father, these days of Easter and your lofty messages have filled our hearts with joy. The first anniversary of your call to the Throne of Peter has been, for us, a confirmation of the great gift the Lord Jesus has made. In offering heartfelt thanks to the Most High for the grace in which he continually allows us to participate, and with the thought of being able to continue to enjoy your paternal benevolence, I wish to express to you, personally and in the name of all the personnel of the Institute, a deep sentiment of gratitude and heartfelt wishes that the Holy Spirit will always assist you in your ecclesial ministry. Please accept, Holy Father, a modest gesture to help your good works, and bless all of us and our families."

Nuzzi notes that it's unclear whether Caloia's gift came out of his own pocket or bank funds -- if the latter, it wasn't much of a gift, since the money belonged to the pope anyway. In any event, Nuzzi observes that since Caloia hoped to be reappointed bank president, the gift might not have been a completely selfless act. (Caloia remained in his position until 2009.) Nuzzi also publishes an October 2011 note to Gänswein from Domenico Gianni, the head of the Vatican gendarmes, passing along a list of people who wanted to see the pope's secretary. Among them were officials of Renault about a helicopter with "advanced technological systems" they planned to donate to the pope for his trips back and forth to his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, and Mercedes, about potential upgrades to the popemobile. In another chapter, Nuzzi reveals confidential memos written for Gänswein, to be passed on to the pope, by economist Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who replaced Caloia in 2009 at the Vatican Bank, about the impact of globalization on the church. (Gotti Tedeschi was removed last week in what the supervisory council of the Institute for the Works of Religion, the formal name of the "Vatican Bank," described as a personnel move related to erratic personal behavior and poor job performance.) Among other things, Gotti Tedeschi warned the pope that the rise of Asian powers like China and India and the relative decline of the West could mean less money for the church. "The major consequence is that the resources which traditionally have contributed to the needs of the church (donations, investment income) may diminish, while the requirements of evangelization will go up. Further, 'secularism' could take advantage of the situation to create a second 'Roman question' in aggression directed at the goods of the church (through taxes, ending privileges, exasperated controls, etc.) The 'Roman question' of the 21st century will not lie in the expropriation of the church's goods, but in the loss of their value, in reduced contributions due to the

impoverishment of the Christian world, and eventually in the end of privileges and in predictably higher taxes on those goods." Gotti Tedeschi recommended the creation of a centralized Vatican agency to study the protection of the church's assets in a new globalized world. CardinalTarcisioBertone It's long been clear that Secretary of State Bertone is a controversial figure. Many people, including some Vatican insiders, fault Bertone for what they see as a series of administrative missteps during Benedict's papacy. Nuzzi's book confirms that the existence of such internal resistance is not a product of overheated journalistic imagination. One example dates to early 2009, around the time of the lifting of the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including one who's a Holocaust-denier. In roughly the same period, Benedict XVI was also putting the finishing touches on his social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, which would be released that summer. Nuzzi publishes a Feb. 5, 2009, letter to Benedict XVI from Cardinal Paolo Sardi, formerly a principal ghostwriter for John Paul II and still consulted on Benedict's texts. Sardi complains that Bertone was mishandling consultations on Benedict's encyclical, in part because of his frequent trips out of the country. Toward the end of the letter, Sardi adds a stinging observation.
"A final, painful annotation: For some time in various parts of the church, including among people extremely faithful to it, critical voices have been raised about the lack of coordination and confusion which reins at its center. I'm saddened by that, but I can't avoid recognizing, from my own modest angle of vision, that there's some foundation to it. For instance, I'd like to note that I was not consulted on the editing of the decree about the Lefebvrite bishops (and I could have given some suggestions which wouldn't have been useless). Moreover, yesterday the text sent to Your Holiness on the same subject by the substitute was not shown to me until a few minutes before the deadline, when Monsignor Gänswein yelled [at me] over the telephone to get it back. I'm trying to see in these situations (which, to tell the truth, are numerous) the benevolent intervention of Providence, that wants to prepare me to leave the Secretariat [of State] without regrets."

Nuzzi also includes the text of a lengthy memo from an unnamed senior Vatican official, presumably at the Prefecture for Economic Affairs, written for Gänswein in spring 2011. The memo ticks off a series of alleged problems with Bertone's leadership, including ignoring the Vatican's own internal checks and balances, "demoralization" of personnel, and the appointment of people "who lack the adequate competence" in important jobs.

The conclusion is unequivocal: "The problematic situations are numerous and of notable gravity, above all because they could have devastating effects in the future, even if they can't been seen right now and everything looks fine. My direct superiors, with whom I've spoken repeatedly, for now don't believe it's opportune to do anything. They say that our principal point of reference is the Secretary of State, yet in many cases he's precisely the problem. Conscience requires that I present these matters to the Holy Father." CommunionandLiberationandthe Legionaries 1. Communion and Liberation Founded by Fr. Luigi Giussani in Italy, Communion and Liberation is arguably the new movement in the church closest to Pope Benedict XVI. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger volunteered to celebrate Giussani's funeral Mass in 2005, and four female members of Memores Domini, a body of consecrated laity linked to the movement, serve in Benedict's personal household. Recently, Communion and Liberation has been caught up in controversy in Italy, related to scandals surrounding high-profile politicians linked to the movement. Giussani's successor, Spanish Fr. Julian Carrón, published an open letter in which he apologized, saying that if people see Communion and Liberation as caught up in money and power, "we must have given them some pretext." A more combative side of Carrón comes through in a lengthy private letter to Benedict XVI from March 2011, published in Nuzzi's book. Asked to provide his thoughts on who should succeed Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi as the archbishop of Milan, Carrón wrote, "the only candidate that I feel in conscience able to present to the attention of the Holy Father is that of the Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola." Although it's hard to say how decisive Carrón's opinion was, Scola, who comes out of Communion and Liberation, was named to Milan in June 2011.

Carrón presents a blistering indictment of the Milan archdiocese under both Tettamanzi and his predecessor, Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a hero of the church's liberal wing. "The first important fact is the profound crisis of faith of the People of God, in particular of the Ambrosian tradition. In the last thirty years we've seen a rupture in this tradition, accepting on principle and promoting in fact the characteristic fracture of modernity between knowledge and faith. ... Theological instruction for future priests and for laity, with notable exceptions, moves away on many points from tradition and the magisterium, above all in Biblical studies and systematic theology. A sort of 'alternative magisterium' to Rome and the Holy Father is often theorized, which risks becoming a consolidated feature of what it means to be 'Ambrosian' today." Carrón also blasts the political orientation of the church in Milan under Martini and Tettamanzi, protesting "a certain unilateralism of interventions on social justice, at the expense of other fundamental themes of social doctrine" as well as a "systematic" bias in favor of the political centerleft rather than more conservative parties and politicians (some of whom, especially in the Milan area, have ties to Communion and Liberation). 2. The Legionaries of Christ Critics have long asserted that the Vatican had all the information it needed to act against Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, well before it sentenced him to a life of "prayer and penance" in 2006. Charges of sexual and financial misconduct by Maciel became public in the 1990s, though Vatican officials have insisted those reports were not confirmed until later. Nuzzi's book adds another detail, producing the brief notes taken by a papal secretary on Oct. 19, 2011, after a half-hour meeting with Fr. Rafael Moreno, a Mexican priest who served as Maciel's private assistant for 18 years. The full text of the unsigned note reproduced by Nuzzi, written on letterhead of the "Particular Secretary of His Holiness," is as follows: 19 October 2011 Meeting 9:00-9:30 am By me Meeting with Fr. Rafael Moreno, priv.sec. of M.M.

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Was for 18 years private secretary of M.M.; from this was … [word is illegible] Destroyed proof against him (incriminating material) Wanted to inform P.P. II in 2003, but he didn't want to hear them, didn't believe Wanted to inform Card. Sodano, but he didn't concede an audience to them Card. De Paolis had too little time

Nuzzi writes that in all probability, "P.P. II" refers to John Paul II. Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, meanwhile, is the Vatican official Benedict XVI has tapped to oversee a reform of the Legionaries. For Nuzzi, the failure to take Moreno seriously in 2003 is especially damning, given that his testimony came "not from a victim, perhaps motivated by hatred, but the best possible witness: the secretary who for 18 years followed the founder of the congregation day after day, and who, therefore, knew of his double and triple life, the most secret aspects." Nuzzi also publishes a lengthy September 2011 report from De Paolis to Benedict XVI, updating the pope on what's happening in the Legion. In it, De Paolis asserts that progress is being obstructed by a minority who want a root-and-branch reform, including replacing any leaders with personal ties to Maciel. "They continue to engage in propaganda of discouragement and denigration of the process, creating some division and difficulties," he writes. "In reality the number of opponents ... is rather small, but they're very fierce." In a similar vein, Nuzzi publishes a report by Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, president of the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See and a veteran Vatican financial expert, on the economic condition of the Legion. While Calcagno writes that the order is suffering from serious debts, "situations of illegality or abuse have not been found." (Calcagno does recommend reducing the role of a group called "Integer," a controversial holding company for properties belonging to the Legion and its lay branch, Regnum Christi.) Perhaps most explosively, Calcagno's report advises against giving in to demands for large-scale financial compensation for Maciel's victims.

Calcagno says reconciliation with some victims "has not been difficult," but it's more complicated with regard to "those who demand, in the name of justice, enormous sums that the Legion absolutely cannot afford, and which in fact cannot be based on claims of justice." "A concession in this area," Calcagno writes, "beyond being unjust, could provoke an avalanche of equally unsustainable requests." OtherNuggets Nuzzi's book contains two other items of special interest to English-speaking readers. 1. Bishop William Morris Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, Australia, was removed from office in 2011 on charges of favoring women priests, collective absolution, and other deviations from official teaching and practice. Nuzzi publishes a set of November 2009 notes on the Morris case, written by Benedict XVI himself and addressed to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, at the time the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. The notes were written after a June 2009 meeting between Benedict and Morris, and after Morris had written a letter objecting to the way his case had been handled. Among other things, Benedict writes that Morris' "theological formation ... is not adequate for his office," citing his views on women's ordination and the possibility of Anglican ministers leading Catholic liturgies. In his letter, Morris accused the Vatican of a "lack of care for the truth," in part for implying he had agreed to step down. Benedict appears to take responsibility for that point, blaming it on a problem of language. "Obviously there was a misunderstanding, created, it seems to me, by my insufficient knowledge of the English language," Benedict writes. "In our meeting, I tried to convince him that his resignation was desirable, and I thought he expressed his willingness to renounce his functions as bishop of Toowoomba." "From his letter, I see this was a misunderstanding," Benedict writes. "I acknowledge that, but I must say decisively that this isn't a case of 'a lack of care for the truth.'"

In the end, Benedict writes, "there's no doubt of his very good pastoral intentions," but "the diocesan bishop must be, above all, a teacher of the faith, since the faith is the foundation of pastoral activity." Benedict tells Re to recommend that Morris accept "free renunciation of his actual ministry, in favor of a ministry more consistent with his gifts," and asks Re to "assure him of my prayers." 2. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Nuzzi's book also includes an encrypted 2011 cable from the papal embassy in Washington back to the Secretariat of State, relaying a request from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago that the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Rome-based movement active on peace and justice issues, be asked to withdraw an award it planned to bestow on Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois for suppressing the death penalty. According to the cable, George objected to Quinn's positions on abortion and gay marriage, including policies about serving same-sex couples, which effectively put Catholic adoption agencies in Illinois out of business. The cable was signed by Monsignor Jean-Francois Lantheaume, the embassy's charge d'affairs. The full text is: From: Washington To: Decryption Off., Decr. N. 300 Date of encryption: 03/11/2011 Date of decryption: 03/11/11 His Eminence Cardinal George, Francis, Archbishop of Chicago, has informed this pontifical embassy that the Community of Sant'Egidio has plans to present an award to the Governor of Illinois, Mr. Quinn, for suppressing the death penalty in that state. Attested that Mr. Quinn is of the Catholic faith, the bishops and Cardinal George retain that this recognition is inopportune for the following reasons:
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He promoted the law on homosexual marriage; He is in favor of abortion; He withdrew from the Catholic church the right to contract with federal agencies for the adoption of minors.

Cardinal George courteously requests an intervention with the authorities of the Community of Sant'Egidio so that the decision will be reconsidered. On the part of this embassy, a nulla osta [no objection] to what is proposed by His Eminence the Archbishop of Chicago. Lantheaume, charge d'affaires. [John L. Allen Jr. is NCR senior correspondent. His email address is] © National Catholic Reporter

Vatileaks scandal
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The Vatileaks scandal[1][2][3] is a scandal initially involving leaked Vatican documents, allegedly exposing corruption; an internal Vatican investigation purportedly uncovered the blackmailing of homosexual clergy as well.[4] The scandal first came to light in late January 2012 in a television programme aired in Italy under the name of The Untouchables (Gli intoccabili). Further information was released when Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi published letters from Carlo Maria Viganò, formerly the second ranked Vatican administrator to the pope, in which he begged not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions in higher contract prices. Viganò is now the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The name "VatiLeaks" is a play on the word WikiLeaks, an organization that has facilitated the public disclosure of thousands of confidential documents. Over the following months the situation widened as documents were leaked to Italian journalists, uncovering power struggles inside the Vatican over its efforts to show greater financial transparency and comply with international norms to fight money laundering. In early 2012, an anonymous letter made the headlines for its warning of a death threat against Pope Benedict XVI.[2] The scandal escalated in May 2012 when Nuzzi published a book entitled His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict and his personal secretary,[5] a controversial book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting.[6] The book reveals details about the Pope's personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him.[7]


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1 Vatican internal investigation 2 Arrest of Paolo Gabriele 3 Papal response 4 Trial of Paolo Gabriele and papal pardon 5 Aftermath of the investigation 6 See also 7 References

[edit] Vatican internal investigation
Pope Benedict appointed a commission of cardinals to investigate the leaks in March 2012. The Vatican probe into the leaks worked along several tracks, with Vatican magistrates pursuing the criminal investigation and the Vatican secretariat of state an administrative probe. The three cardinals appointed by Benedict acted in a supervisory role, looking beyond the narrow criminal scope of the leaks to interview broadly across the Vatican bureaucracy; they purportedly uncovered a sexual and blackmail scandal.[8] They reported directly to the pope, and could both share information with Vatican prosecutors and receive information from them, according to Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. The group was headed by Cardinal Julian Herranz, an Opus Dei prelate who headed the Vatican's legal office as well as the disciplinary commission of the Vatican bureaucracy before retiring.[1]

[edit] Arrest of Paolo Gabriele
Paolo Gabriele, who has been the pope's personal butler since 2006, was alleged to have leaked the stolen information to Gianluigi Nuzzi. He was arrested on 23 May 2012 after confidential letters and documents addressed to the pope and other Vatican officials were allegedly found in his Vatican apartment. The arrest was made by Vatican police, who claimed to have found classified documents in his apartment that Gabriele shared with his wife and three children.[5][9] Similar documents had been published in Italian media over the previous five months; many of them dealt with allegations of corruption, abuse of power and a lack of financial transparency at the Vatican.[10] Gabriele was released from custody in July 2012 and moved to house arrest.[11]

[edit] Papal response
On 30 May 2012, Pope Benedict made his first direct comments on the scandal in remarks at the end of his weekly general audience.[12] The Pope said the "exaggerated" and "gratuitous" rumours

had offered a false image of the Holy See,[12] commenting "The events of recent days about the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness in my heart...I want to renew my trust in and encouragement of my closest collaborators and all those who every day, with loyalty and a spirit of sacrifice and in silence, help me fulfill my ministry." On 26 July, Pope Benedict held a meeting of the commission of cardinals. Included in attendance, were the head of the Vatican police, those judges involved in the case, and representatives of the Vatican secretariat of state, according to a report from Federico Lombardi.

[edit] Trial of Paolo Gabriele and papal pardon
Piero Antonio Bonnet, the Vatican's judge, had been instructed to examine the evidence of the case and to decide whether there is sufficient material to proceed to trial. Prior to conviction, Gabriele faced a maximum sentence of 8 years for the illegal possession of documents of a head of state.[14] The sentence was to be served in an Italian prison, due to an agreement between Italy and the Vatican.[11] Paolo Gabriele was indicted by Vatican magistrates on 13 August 2012 for aggravated theft.[15] The first hearing of the trial of Paolo Gabriele and Claudio Sciarpelletti took place on 29 September 2012.[16] Gabriele's trial began on 2 October 2012.[17] He claimed to have stolen the documents to fight "evil and corruption" and put the Vatican "back on track".[17] Multiple evaluations of Gabriele's mental health provided conflicting results: concluding in one report that, Gabriele suffered from a "fragile personality with paranoid tendencies covering profound personal insecurity"; yet another report found that Gabriele showed no adequate signs of a major psychological disorder nor posing any serious threat to himself or others.[18] Vatican police seized encrypted documents and confidential papers that the Pope had marked “to be destroyed” when they raided the apartment of his butler, the court heard.[19] On 6 October, Paolo Gabriele was found to be guilty of theft, and was sentenced to a reduced sentence of 18 months in an Italian prison. Gabriele was also ordered to pay legal expenses.[20][21] As of October 26, 2012, he was serving his sentence in the Vatican itself,[22] but Gabriele was personally visited and pardoned by Benedict XVI on 22 December 2012.[23][23][24]

[edit] Aftermath of the investigation
On 17 December 2012 the Pope received report on "Vatican lobbies" prepared by cardinals Julián Herranz, Salvatore De Giorgi, a former archbishop of Palermo and Jozef Tomko. [25] Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, speaking on Vatican Radio on 23 February 2013, strongly criticized media coverage[26][27] of the report [28] as a financial scandal which purportedly became, upon the cardinals' internal investigation, a gay sex and blackmail scandal as well.[29] Although the dossier itself is currently available only to Pope Benedict XVI and the investigators themselves, the latter are free to discuss the results of their investigation with the Cardinal

electors of the March 2013 Papal Conclave, and the dossier itself shall be given to the succeeding Pope.[30] On March 1, 2013, Fr. Lombardi reported that "two or three phones" had been tapped.[31][32]

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Vatican money laundering investigation Financial Information Authority Carlo Maria Viganò

[edit] References
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His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI
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His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI
Author(s) Original title Language Publisher Publication date Pages ISBN Gianluigi Nuzzi Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI Italian Chiarelettere


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His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI (Italian: Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI) is a book published by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary. The letters in the book portray the Vatican as a corrupt hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting.

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1 Content 2 Reception 3 Leaked information 4 See also 5 References

[edit] Content

Nuzzi's book reveals details about the Pope's personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him.[1] It reproduces confidential letters and memos to and from Benedict and his personal secretary. It contains letters from a very senior Vatican administrator to Pope Benedict in which he begged not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions of euros in higher contract prices.[2] The documents also cover a 2009 scandal concerning the ex-editor of the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, a dinner between Benedict and Italy's president, and a 2011 letter from an Italian talk show host to the pope enclosing a cheque for 10,000 euros for his charity work – and asking for a private audience in exchange. Diplomatic cables include Vatican embassies from Jerusalem to Cameroon, as well as conclusions of the pope's inquiry into the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order - where he is warned that the financial situation of the order, beset by a scandal over its paedophile founder, "while not grave, is serious and pressing".[2] The documents portray the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in a particularly negative light.[2]

[edit] Reception calls it a controversial new book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting. [3]

When first published, the Vatican called the book "criminal" and vowed to take legal action against the author, publisher, and whoever leaked the documents.[4]

[edit] Leaked information
Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict's personal butler from 2006 to 2012, is believed to have leaked the stolen information to the author. He was being held by Vatican police, who claim to have found classified documents in his apartment, and was pardoned by Pope Benedict. Gabriele told investigators he acted because he saw "evil and corruption everywhere in the church".[4]

[edit] See also

The Vatileaks Scandal

[edit] References
1. ^ "Vatican Newspaper Editor Accused Rival Of Being Gay, Harassing Lover’s Wife / Queerty". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 2. ^ a b c


^ Squires, Nick (2012-02-10). "Vatican editor accused of dirty tricks against rival". +rival/6667804/story.html. Retrieved 2012-05-26. ^
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