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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Holy War against Cardinal Bertone and the battle for control of the Vatican Bank

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Vaticano, la “guerra santa” contro Bertone. Lo Ior e la successione a Ratzinger gli obiettivi del complotto:

What has been made public in recent days in the Vatican - the leakage of confidential documents, the investigation of "informers" and the arrest of the Pope's butler - represents the natural evolution of the ongoing power struggle between loyalists in the Oltretevere (Cathcon- the offices of the Secretariat of State) of Tarcisio Bertone and opponents of the Secretary of State. Repubblica revived the thesis which explains how "the game inside the Vatican, now focuses all around the IOR (The Institute for Works of Religion (Italian: Istituto per le Opere di Religione – IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank). It is a confrontation in which the Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone fights for his future. An underground battle is occurring completely decisive for the flow of money rushing into the Vatican state coffers, and for the balance of power within the Church. "

The centrality of the IOR in the Vatican power struggle is very interesting, Andrea Tornielli writes in La Stampa . "Father Lombardi said yesterday that there is no link between confidence in the President of the IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and the occurance of Vatileaks. The banker, chosen by Cardinal Bertone, in September 2009, columnist of 'L'Osservatore Romano' and friend of its director Gian Maria Vian, was dismissed last Thursday by the supervisory council composed of lay members. The next day - writes Tornielli - the commission of cardinals met to ratify the vote of no confidence, but the results of their deliberations have not been made public. Rather, the decision was filtered deliberately by the release of the harsh letter from Carl Anderson - one of the four board members - containing the reasons for the dismissal of Gotti Tedeschi, whose figure is destroyed professionally. "

The banker - says the analyst of La Stamps - is also accused of not providing 'explanations on the distribution of documents' in his possession. The mode of dismissal is unusual in the tradition of the Holy See, and could have strong effects, if and when Gotti Tedeschi breaks his silence. The Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone was, according to the 'informers' the true objective of the operation which was designed to accelerate his retirement. Although objectively, the barrage of Vatileaks disproportionately directs distrust towards a cardinal who will turn 78 years in December.

Tornielli continued, "unless we assume, as some have done, that behind the curial and extra-curial turmoil, there are ambitions ahead of the change in the office of the Secretary of State and in the background, even the succession to the elderly Pontiff, Ratzinger who wanted Bertone beside him, trusts him and does not seem willing to change, despite the same cardinal offering to withdraw. His handling of the Secretary of State has been the target of much criticism. As often happened, however, at the time of the storm, the ecclesiastical institution closes like a clam, to defend its members in clerical vesture. "

In the meantime, the battle for the succession at the IOR of Gotti Tedeschi comes to life . According to a report in the Republica, the name of the former governor of the Bundesbank Hans Tietmayer has been lined up. "He is 81 years old - says the Roman daily – but when he was young he undertook theological studies and is also German. This will be the name liked best by the Pope and his secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenwein. Pay attention also to Hermann Schmitz, who since last week took over as interim president of the Institute. Then there is the American Carl Anderson, and three Italian names which all respect: the Turin notary, Antonio Maria Marocco, president of ABI, Giuseppe Mussari, and the managing director of Apsa, which is responsible for the heritage of the Apostolic See, Paul Mennini. "
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