Monday, May 28, 2012

The butler starts to sing and even places cardinals under suspicion


The investigation into the disclosure of confidential documents from the Vatican appears to have widened out to cardinals. According to a report of the Milan daily newspaper "Corriere della Sera", at least one Italian cardinal is suspected of having passed secret documents to the media.

The Chamberlain of Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele who was arrested last week seems to have decided, after three days of silence during interrogation, however, to mention names of people who share responsibility for the dissemination of documents. Several Italian newspapers published interviews with anonymous callers who belong to the originators of the uncontrolled flow of information, referred to as "Vatileaks".

The aim of the activities was to create a counterweight to the dominance of Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the anonymous sources, reported unanimously. Bertone was preventing the detection of corrupt machinations of his followers. As to their sources for this information, the anonymous sources gave neither their names nor information about their functions in the Vatican.

The Pentecost sermon in which the Pope spoke of a new "Babel" and a "climate of mistrust, mutual suspicion, to the point where one person can even pose a threat to another" (Cathcon- they do not use the  the official German text- so have given the full English text of the relevant passage below)  in Rome was seen as a concern about the two recent scandals in the Vatican. The arrest of the Pope's valet for document theft immediately followed the dismissal of the president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi.

Official English text
We don't realise we are reliving the same experience as Babel. It's true, we have multiplied the possibilities of communicating, of possessing information, of transmitting news – but can we say our ability to understand each other has increased? Or, paradoxically, do we understand each other even less? Doesn't it seem like feelings of mistrust, suspicion and mutual fear have insinuated themselves into human relationships to the point where one person can even pose a threat to another? Let's go back to the initial question: can unity and harmony really exist? How?
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