Vatican fun

This is kind of fun:

The scandal began in January with the publication of leaked letters from the former No. 2 Vatican administrator to Benedict in which he begged not to be transferred after exposing what he said was corruption in the awarding of Vatican contracts.

Other documents followed about purported infighting over the scope of the Vatican’s anti-money laundering law and whether it required the Vatican to share financial information with other countries before the law went into effect last April.

There was even a document about an alleged plot to kill Benedict.

Part of the leaks included (via here):

Why a known-mobster like De Pedis is buried on the grounds of a Vatican church has been the object of much speculation since 1997, when a church maid revealed the tomb’s existence to an inquisitive journalist. The Vatican was always cagey about why the mobster was buried in one of its churches, and ultimately, the church’s silence spurred countless conspiracy theories.  Now, thanks to shocking Vatican letters leaked in the Vatileaks scandal that is rocking the Holy See, the Italian police are less interested in why he’s buried there. Instead, they want to open the tomb to see if the remains of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi are interred with those of the mobster.

  In 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman, shot Pope John Paul II, nearly killing him. Orlandi’s parents received a series of phone calls from thugs who said they would give back their daughter if the Vatican released Ali Agca. The calls soon stopped and the Orlandi family was left wondering if their daughter was alive or dead.

Another theory surfaced a year later, when an unidentifed tipster told police Orlandi was kidnapped to keep her father quiet. Mr. Orlandi, it was said, had stumbled upon sensitive documents that tied Roberto Calvi, known as God’s Banker for his close association with both the Holy See and its primary banking facility, Banco Ambrosiano, and to an organized-crime syndicate.  Calvi had been found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982, and speculation was swiftly turning from suicide to homicide in that case.

I’m sure this will become a movie at some.

Of course, the episode also shows the Church is like all the other governments:

Becciu told L’Osservatore Romano that those “disloyal” and “cowardly” officials who leaked the documents would similarly face penal and administrative sanctions. He said a full-scale internal investigation across all levels and departments of the Holy See was underway, with the Vatican prosecutor heading up the criminal probe and the Secretariat of State handling administrative sanctions.

So, allegations of criminal wrongdoing and association with the mob lead the Church to be very upset …  at the people who leaked the information.

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