Step aside, Dan Brown. Reality is catching up with your fiction. A series of high profile leaks has trickled out of the Vatican. The revelations, reported by the Wall Street Journal, range from the newsworthy to the bizarre:
In a letter dated April 4, 2011, the archbishop [Carlo Maria Viganò] lamented “evident situations of corruption: Projects always assigned to the same companies at costs that are double what’s charged outside the Vatican.” One example, wrote Archbishop Viganò, was the construction of a nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square at a cost of €550,000 ($722,350)…The document then closes with a showstopper: “During his conversations in China [Cardinal Romeo] prophesied the death of Pope Benedict XVI within the next 12 months…”
New York’s archbishop, the newly minted Timothy Cardinal Dolan, used the leaks as an opportunity to call for greater openness and accountability from the Holy See, telling the Journal, “I don’t want to downplay it. This is the Holy Spirit calling the church to purification.”As the Wikileaks episode and now this St. Wikileaks case show, neither the U.S. government nor even the millenia-old Catholic Church can outrun the changes to our media and news environment.