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“Monsignors’ mutiny” revealed by series of embarrassing Vatican leaks

February 13, 2012

(Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican is seen during an heavy snowfall February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Call it Conspiracy City. Call it Scandal City. Call it Leak City. These days the holy city has been in the news for anything but holy reasons.

“It is a total mess,” said one high-ranking Vatican official who spoke, like all others, on the condition of anonymity.

The Machiavellian manoeuvring and machinations that have come to light in the Vatican recently are worthy of a novel about a sinister power struggle at a mediaeval court.

Senior church officials interviewed this month said almost daily embarrassments that have put the Vatican on the defensive could force Pope Benedict to act to clean up the image of its administration – at a time when the church faces a deeper crisis of authority and relevance in the wider world.

Some of those sources said the outcome of a power struggle inside the Holy See may even have a longer-term effect, on the choice of the man to succeed Benedict when he dies.

From leaked letters by an archbishop who was transferred after he blew the whistle on what he saw as a web of corruption and cronyism, to a leaked poison pen memo which puts a number of cardinals in a bad light, to new suspicions about its bank, Vatican spokesmen have had their work cut out responding.

The flurry of leaks has come at an embarrassing time – just before a usually joyful ceremony this week known as a consistory, when Benedict will admit more prelates into the College of Cardinals, the exclusive men’s club that will one day pick the next Roman Catholic leader from among their own ranks.

“This consistory will be taking place in an atmosphere that is certainly not very glorious or exalting,” said one bishop with direct knowledge of Vatican affairs.

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This past summer while visiting my mother’s family in Germany, we were enjoying our afternoon coffee and pastries, where my aunts and uncle were whispering. My mother’s expression changed to a look of “What?”. She translated to me how priests are allowed a “girlfriend” however she can not live in the same town that he resides. ALSO, if the priest should father any children from this relationship, the Church will support up to 2 children. I assume this is not just in Germany, most likely Europe wide. In the USA? Another cover-up of this powerful men’s club?

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[quote]She translated to me how priests are allowed a “girlfriend”[/quote]

It acknowledges reality and is a darned sight better than perving on 10yo boys.

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