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Friday, 27 April 2012

Vatileaks - the story the BBC doesn't consider News

If you want to read Vatican press releases, the BBC News website is a good place to find them. The BBCs editors regard it as a sort of Outreach duty. Strangely, they have not reported a story which makes the front page of The Guardian:

The Pope has appointed Cardinal Herranz, former personal secretary to Opus Dei founder Escriva (the chap who liked to flog himself till the blood flowed), to hunt down and persecute those who have been leaking embarassing documents to the Italian press, including internal letters from a whistleblower (Archbishop Vigano) who has already been exiled to the USA for his inappropriate honesty.

The scandals touched upon in the leaked documents include the things you would expect: cronyism in the award of contracts (someone made a packet out of the last St Peter's Square Nativity display), false accounting, theft, money laundering at the Vatican Bank, the Orlandi kidnapping ...

You should expect these things. The Roman Catholic Church persuaded Mussolini to create a state-like entity, Vatican City, to house the Church's headquarters precisely to allow Church bureaucrats to do as they please, free of restraint by anyone's civil or criminal laws.

It's a scam News International can only dream of. Just imagine, with your own Wapping City State you wouldn't have to appear before committees of scum MPs or courts of learned judges.

The responsibility for cleaning the Augean stables of the Vatican rests with Italy. Reluctant as it must be to do so, Italy must repudiate the Lateran Treaty which created the bogus Vatican City State. It must bring the headquarters of the Catholic Church within the jurisdiction of Italian criminal and civil law. It's as simple as that. The Catholic Church is a church not a state, and it might be a better one - less corrupt, less abusive, less obsessed with power and wealth - if its high officials discovered that they are not outside and above the law.

It's been salutary for Rupert Murdoch to discover that; it could be salutary for the Pope.

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