More Scandal For Vatican With Release Of Tell-All Books

Source: Huffington Post

The Vatican’s new leaks scandal intensified Tuesday as a book detailed the mismanagement and internal resistance that has been thwarting Pope Francis’ financial reform efforts.

Citing confidential documents, it exposed millions of euros in potential lost rental revenue, the scandal of the Vatican’s saint-making machine, greedy monsignors and a professional-style break-in at the Vatican.

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican,Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Each year, a few days after All Soul's Day, a Catholic Church feast commemorating the dead, the pope celebrates a Mass for deceased prelates.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican,Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Each year, a few days after All Soul’s Day, a Catholic Church feast commemorating the dead, the pope celebrates a Mass for deceased prelates.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

“Merchants in the Temple,” by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, is due out Thursday but an advance copy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Its publication, and that of a second book, come days after the Vatican arrested two members of Francis’ financial reform commission in an investigation into stolen documents.

The Vatican on Monday described the books as “fruit of a grave betrayal of the trust given by the pope, and, as far as the authors go, of an operation to take advantage of a gravely illicit act of handing over confidential documentation.”

“Publications of this nature do not help in any way to establish clarity and truth, but rather generate confusion and partial and tendentious conclusions,” the Vatican said.

The arrests and books mark a new phase in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal. The saga began in 2012 with an earlier Nuzzi expose, peaked with the conviction of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler on charges he supplied Nuzzi with stolen documents, and ended a year later when a clearly exhausted Benedict resigned, unable to carry on.

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