Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vatileaks scandal reveals human weakness

Top Holy See official says leaked documents are unjustifiable from every point of view
Paolo Gabriele, private assistant to Pope Benedict XVI, is seen at left in the front seat of the popemobile as the pontiff arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 23. Gabriele is accused of leaking Vatican documents. Paul Haring / CNS.
Whether the Vatican documents leaked to websites like "Vatileaks" or journalists are "justifiable" or not, the behavior is inexcusable, said a top Vatican official. Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service breaks down the latest Vatican scandal brought on by the Pope's personal assistant and other scandals in recent years in an article on The B.C. Catholic website:
Depending on what commentary one reads, recent leaks of internal Vatican memos and private letters to Pope Benedict XVI are the work either of praiseworthy whistle-blowers or criminal moles.

Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist who published a book based on dozens of private Vatican documents, said his main source was part of a group of Vatican employees who wanted to "help" Pope Benedict XVI clean up the church by revealing evidence of corruption, infighting and power struggles.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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