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Jun 8, 2012

Insight: Vatican bank-money, mystery and monsignors

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – For a financial institution whose ATMs offer Latin as a language option, whose offices are below the pope’s windows and where tellers work under the gaze of crucifixes, one might assume the Vatican bank would have a dispensation from earthly travails.

But new judicial woes and internal upheavals at the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), have raised new hurdles for the Vatican, just as it entered the final stretch of years of efforts to join the international club of financial righteousness.

Jun 8, 2012

INSIGHT:Vatican bank-money, mystery and monsignors

VATICAN CITY, June 8 (Reuters) – For a financial institution
whose ATMs offer Latin as a language option, whose offices are
below the pope’s windows and where tellers work under the gaze
of crucifixes, one might assume the Vatican bank would have a
dispensation from earthly travails.

But new judicial woes and internal upheavals at the bank,
officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR),
have raised new hurdles for the Vatican, just as it entered the
final stretch of years of efforts to join the international club
of financial righteousness.

Jun 6, 2012

Scandal-hit Vatican says restoring trust will take time

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – It will take time to restore trust within the walls of the Vatican and ease the pain caused by a leaks scandal that led to the arrest of Pope Benedict’s butler, the pontiff’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

“Clearly to restore a climate of serenity and trust is a process, it is not something that can be solved in a few days,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman.

Jun 5, 2012

Vatican prosecutor interrogates papal butler

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A prosecutor began interrogating Pope Benedict’s butler on Tuesday to decide if he should stand trial in what would be one of the most sensational court cases ever in the Vatican.

Prosecutor Piero Antonio Bonnet questioned Paolo Gabriele in the presence of his two lawyers and Nicola Piccardi, another Vatican judicial official known as the “promoter of justice”.

Jun 4, 2012

Pope won’t be frightened by leaks scandal: deputy

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Benedict will not be frightened by a leaks scandal that has shaken the Vatican, his powerful right-hand man said on Monday in his first public comment on what he called “ferocious and targeted” attacks on the pontiff and the church.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, or prime minister, is regarded as the chief target of the unprecedented campaign of leaking which led to the arrest of the pope’s butler on May 23.

Jun 1, 2012

Pope and top aide display unity amid scandal

MILAN (Reuters) – Pope Benedict and his deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, regarded as the chief target of a campaign of leaks, appeared side by side on Friday at the start of a visit to Milan that is unlikely to provide much respite from the scandal.

In his speech, the pontiff made no reference to the scandal, which exploded last week when his butler was arrested for stealing his private documents. Many Vatican insiders believe the butler is merely a scapegoat in a poisonous power struggle between Bertone’s allies and enemies.

Jun 1, 2012

Heavy security for Milan visit by scandal-hit pope

MILAN (Reuters) – Some 15,000 policemen deployed in Milan on Friday to keep protesters at bay during a visit by Pope Benedict which is unlikely to provide much respite from the worst crisis of his papacy.

The pope, who has expressed sadness and pain over a scandal which exploded last week when his butler was arrested for stealing his private documents, will begin a three-day visit to Italy’s financial capital on Friday evening.

May 31, 2012

Pope’s tiny police force hunts the enemy within

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – They are the pope’s shadow, his bodyguards both within the borders of the Vatican and during trips abroad. They are the police of the world’s smallest state.

But while the Vatican’s gendarmes are trained to protect Benedict XVI from external threats, this time they are hunting people who may be hiding within his inner circle.

May 31, 2012

Vatican justice medieval: French lawyer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s justice system harks back to medieval times and is unlikely to provide the pope’s butler with fair treatment after his arrest for leaking confidential documents, according to a French lawyer involved in a previous case in the Holy See.

Luc Brossollet is not involved in the so-called “Vatileaks” case shaking the papacy but he said his personal experience suggested the Vatican’s judiciary is under the thumb of the Holy See and allows scant regard for the rights of defendants.

May 31, 2012
via FaithWorld

Italian journalist defends his book on leaked Vatican documents

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(Gianluigi Nuzzi, May 11, 2011/RanZag)

An Italian journalist behind a leaks scandal shaking the Roman Catholic Church denies Vatican accusations he is a criminal and says he was only doing his duty to uncover the truth.

Gianluigi Nuzzi’s book, alleging corruption and conspiracies among cardinals in a Vatican struggle for power, has led to a hunt for informants in the Holy See and the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, one of the people closest to him.