Monday, May 28, 2012

The man leading the police investigation in Rome- Domenico Giani


Vatileaks now has its own Father Brown- Father Martignani investigates

„Es ist wichtig, Freunde um sich zu haben“ – Vatikeaks und die dunklen Nächte Benedikts XVI. › Katholisches

"It is important to have friends around" – Vatileaks and the dark nights of Benedict XVI.

His name is Luigi Martignani and he is a Capuchin. The staff member of the Vatican Secretariat of State has been appointed secretary of the commission of three Cardinals appointed to investigate the Vatileaks scandal. This refers to the confidential documents smuggled out of the Vatican and leaked to the press.

Pope Benedict XVI pursued the matter is not without concern. From his immediate circle can be heard, rather, that the Pope is very concerned about the document leak and related breach of trust in his immediate environment. At yesterday's lunch with the Cardinals which was given by the College of Cardinals in honor of his 85th Birth, he said, not by chance: "It is important to have friends around." And added: "In my life I have experienced wonderful times, but also dark nights. The nights were necessary, and today, surrounded by the cardinals, my friends, I feel safe in this society. Evil wants to rule the world and it does so either by force or by disguising himself with good. In this way, it destroys the moral foundations of society. "
On another level, Martignani must now act. He is the operational arm of Cardinals Herranz, Tomko and De Giorgi, who lead the investigation. His task is to find out who is responsible for the leak of documents who was referred to by the journalist Nuzzi in his tell-all book with the code name "Mary." The journalist claimed that not just one person but several hide behind the name. The Vatican thought behind this statement Nuzzis a diversion in order to protect his informants.

Father Martignani- off duty or undercover!

A person who betrays secrets is, of course, nothing new in the Papal State. Each pontificate had its leak. The late doyen of the Vaticanists, Benny Lai wrote many times in his diaries about such leaks. Usually, it is a person who has, within the Leonine walls, "strong protection", which can be so strong that even when he is unmasked, the culprit is not necessarily removed from his post. Lai admitted that he used all possible methods to collect information. "From our own pocket, we paid monthly to 10,000 lire to Riccardo Galeazzi Lisi, the doctor of Pius XII to keep us up to date about the health of the Pope." When Pius XII. discovered that Galeazzi Lisi informed about him, he dismissed him. "If he wants to stay in the Vatican, let him stay, but make sure that it is arranged that I do not see him anymore," said the Pope. And the corrupt chief doctor did not thank him, but succeeded with a hidden mini-camera of taking a photo of the dying pope.

History must not repeat itself however. The mole of the 2012 cannot in any way count on it. It is certainly not ruled out that he, too, once detected, he will keep his position . His faster unmasking is expected. The Vatican Gendarmerie has already been searching. (Cathcon this article was produced prior to the arrest- one article in German was talking about life-long imprisonment. This is unlikely given that the butler has started to implicate others).

The mole had access to the archives of the State Secretariat, namely the part in which the Archbishop Gänswein, the private secretary of Pope, in which correspondence addressed to him and the Pope is placed after it has been replied to. The group of people is very small.

Cardinal Schönborn on homosexuality-video


More arrests possible very soon in Vatileaks


Monstrance presented as prize for best costume at Viennese ball


For the record this is an AIDS Benefit Ball promoted by among others UNAIDS- see their full press release below.   Cathcon has every sympathy with combating AIDS and know of the magnificent work done by the Knights of Malta, especially in South Africa, but how do they think their cause is served by insulting the faith of every right believing Catholic in the entire world that just beggars belief.   Will the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna speak up in protest?  - I doubt it. 

UNAIDS joins 20th Anniversary Life Ball in Vienna 21 May 2012 

UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and External Relations Jan Beagle giving her opening remarks at the AIDS Solidarity Gala. 

Europe’s biggest AIDS charity event was held on 19 May in the Austrian city of Vienna. Organized by AIDS LIFE, the Life Ball 2012 brought together celebrities and influential leaders in the global AIDS response to celebrate the 20th anniversary of what has become one of the largest AIDS fundraising events worldwide since it was first held in 1993. This year’s Life Ball was held under the theme “Fight the Flames of Ignorance”. 

The theme provides the conclusion to the four-year cycle of elements that began in 2009 with water and was aimed at contributing to the removal of the taboos surrounding AIDS in society. The AIDS Solidarity Gala, a high-level dinner preceding the Life Ball opening ceremony, was organized under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Austria Heinz Fischer and co-hosted by UNAIDS for the second consecutive year. Former United States President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and External Relations Jan Beagle, amfAR spokesperson Milla Jovovich, actor Sean Penn and art collector Francesca Habsburg also participated in the event. 

 Proceeds from the gala will be used, in part, to support the work of UNAIDS in the Russian Federation. Donations will be dedicated to improve the lives of children orphaned by AIDS and families affected by HIV as well as to strengthen HIV prevention among women of childbearing age. The epidemic is still a magnifier for social injustice. Stigma and discrimination, criminalization of HIV, gender inequity and numerous forms of human rights violations continue to fuel new HIV infections and block people from accessing lifesaving treatment In her opening remarks Ms Beagle noted that, despite progress made in the global AIDS response, the AIDS epidemic is not over. “The epidemic is still a magnifier for social injustice. Stigma and discrimination, criminalization of HIV, gender inequity and numerous forms of human rights violations continue to fuel new HIV infections and block people from accessing lifesaving treatment,” said Ms Beagle.

This is relevant to the epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia noted Ms Beagle since unlike most other regions, AIDS-related deaths continue to rise. “I am grateful to AIDS LIFE for being such a strong, committed supporter of UNAIDS work in this region. With your help, we will break the trajectory of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and achieve the same success we are seeing in Africa and the rest of the world” added Ms Beagle. President Clinton noted in his statement that "The UN has a goal of making sure children are born free of HIV in the first place. Resources raised at the Gala for the Clinton Foundation will be used in Zambia and Uganda to prevent mothers to pass HIV to their children."

 Every year, the Life Ball recognizes the work and dedication of pioneers in the AIDS response through the “Crystal of Hope” award. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas presented this year’s award of EUR 100 000 to Jackie Branfield, founder of “Operation Bobbi Bear”—a project dedicated to respond to child abuse and sexual crimes in South Africa. Nearly 40 000 people and famous celebrities have come out in support of the AIDS response at this year’s Life Ball. The charity event, organized by AIDS LIFE, raised over US$ 2,3 million last year for AIDS programmes worldwide through partnerships with amfAR, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and UNAIDS.

Vatican butler cuts a deal over leaks

Vatican butler cuts a deal over leaks | The Times

Note- behind paywall.

Dalai Lama attends Pentecost Mass of Viennese Cardinal

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Cardinal Schönborn: "A person who is deeply rooted in their own faith, can show deep respect for the faith of others."

The Dalai Lama, contrary to earlier plans, taken part in the Pentecost Mass in Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said at the beginning of the Mass on Sunday that the Dalai Lama had asked to visit the St. Stephen as a "pilgrim" - in the same way he had visited the Marian shrines of Lourdes and Fatima and also Rome as a pilgrim. "A person who is deeply rooted in their own faith, can show deep respect for the faith of others", said Schönborn.

Schönborn had previously given the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism a tour of the Cathedral. The Dalai Lama placed a white Tibetan prayer shawl in the chapel of St. Barbara, which has been since 1983 a place of remembrance for the victims of the Nazi regime. During the tour through the St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Dalai Lama asked - differently from the originally scheduled program - to attend at least the first part of the service can be. A return flight to India was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The Dalai Lama has lived there since he fled in 1959 into exile.

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?