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Pre-conclave Vatican power struggle?

A July 7 article in The Economist details internal power struggles as the source of Vatileaks documents. Most agree the documents are damaging to Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, who has alienated powerful curia officials loyal to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the former secretary of state under John Paul II. Bertone was also behind the recent removal of the head of the Vatican Bank Gotti Tedeschi because Tedeschi disagreed with certain financial policy issues. Bertone engineered the transfer of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to the U.S. Apostolic Nunciature, after Vigano exposed corruption, fraud and waste in the management of Vatican City. Recently, Bertone appointed three close associates from his former diocese of Genoa to important financial positions. All three were then made cardinals, prompting speculation that he is trying to control Vatican finances as well as votes in the next conclave. It has been reported that Pope Benedict is working just 4-5 hours a day and has difficulty walking (The Economist 7/7/12 and Vatican Insider Giacomo Galeazzi reports: 7/3/12).

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Summer 2012

 

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