Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Prague archbishop says Vatileaks 'not top priority'


Rome, March 5 - Cardinal Dominik Duka of the Czech
Republic told the Italian press Tuesday that the Vatican leaks
scandal was not a top priority during the general congregations
this week in Rome.
"I don't think Vatileaks is at the top of the list," the
archbishop of Prague told Italian daily Il Messaggero. "I
believe the big, central problem (facing Catholicism) is people
leaving the faith".
The scandal erupted last year when the pope's butler was
arrested then eventually pardoned for leaking sensitive Church
documents that spoke of alleged Vatican corruption.
Unsourced reports in Italian media have speculated that a
300-page, two-volume Vatican dossier compiled for Benedict XVI
could have been the final straw that led him to step down as
pope on February 28.
The report, which was commissioned by Benedict, will remain
under lock and key for the next pope, the Vatican has announced.
But it has hinted that some of its contents may be
disclosed to cardinals in Rome for the upcoming conclave to
elect Benedict's successor.
Over 100 of the 115 cardinal-electors are currently at the
Vatican for pre-conclave talks known as general congregations.
On Monday, Reuters reported that cardinals in a closed-door
meeting said they want to be briefed on the Vatileaks dossier,
according to a senior source said to be a prelate over 80 who
was present at Monday's meetings.
Cardinals over 80 are not eligible to vote in the conclave.
On Tuesday, the Czech cardinal confirmed Benedict's stated
reason for stepping down due to lack of physical and mental
"He resigned above all due to the state of his physical
strength," he said.

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