Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

O'Malley expects Vatileaks briefing before conclave


Rome, March 5 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston
said in Rome Tuesday he expected that some portions from the
Vatican leaks dossier would be shared with cardinals before
electing a new pope.
"I assume that important information will be shared that
will help us make our decisions," said the Boston archbishop
speaking at the Pontifical North American College outside the
O'Malley, who some have tipped as a candidate for pope, is
in Rome ahead of the upcoming conclave to elect a successor to
Benedict XVI, who stepped down on February 28.
Some have speculated that one of Benedict's motives for
abdicating may have been the so-called Vatileaks scandal that
erupted last year when his butler was arrested then eventually
pardoned for leaking secret Church documents that spoke of
corruption and intrigue within the Holy See.
The documents included letters to the pope and Vatican
Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone from the Holy See's
ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano', who was the
deputy governor of Vatican City when they were written.
In one instance, the letters accused members of the
Vatican's Finance and Management Committee of improperly
processing $2.5 million.
E-mails and other documents from Vatican officials
followed, including a report accusing the Church of not
cooperating with investigators in the 1982 fraudulent bankruptcy
of Banco Ambrosiano.
Then Italy's largest private bank, Banco Ambrosiano was run
by Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, whose body was found hanging
under London's Blackfriars Bridge that year.
Italian prosecutors say Calvi was killed for failing to
repay Mafia money and his murder was staged to make it look like
As the scandal mounted last year, Benedict commissioned
three elder cardinals to compile a report on the affair.
The result, a 300-page, two-volume dossier, was presented
to Benedict last fall.
Unsourced reports in Italian media have speculated that the
contents of the report were so shocking that Benedict decided he
could no longer perform his duty as pope.
The results have been sealed away for the eyes of the next
pontiff only, the Vatican says.
But there has been talk among cardinals of the possibility
of sharing some of its contents ahead of the conclave.
"I think the cardinals feel confident we will get all that
we need," said O'Malley Tuesday, joined by Cardinal Daniel
Nicholas DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston.
"We want to discuss and learn what we can," said DiNardo.

(photo: archive picture of Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sean

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