(RNS) Vatican official calls leaked documents an ‘immoral’ and ‘brutal’ attack

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Vatican's No. 3 official on Tuesday (May 29) condemned the theft and publication of secret papal documents as an “immoral act of unheard-of gravity.”

In an interview published on the front page of L'Osservatore Romano, the Holy See's semiofficial newspaper, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who is the deputy to Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, also described the publication of an unprecedented number of leaked Vatican documents in recent months as a “brutal” attack against Pope Benedict XVI.

On Friday (May 25), Vatican police announced the arrest of a person who was “illicitly in possession” of confidential Vatican documents. The person was later revealed to be Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict's “assistente di camera,” or butler.

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1. Dan Crawford wrote:

“Immoral act”, “brutal attack”, “illicit possession” - all wonderful smokescreen adjectives, but nowhere does the word “false” appear with reference to the allegations. Sounds like the Papacy and Papal Curia acting in accord with the principle once enunciated by Charles Davis: Rome will never acknowledge that it has made a mistake,

May 30, 2:24 pm | [comment link]
2. Ian+ wrote:

No, Rome hasn’t made a mistake… the butler did it!!!

May 30, 4:10 pm | [comment link]
3. Albany+ wrote:

In clay jars. All of us. The Vatican is clay. Always has been, always will.

May 31, 12:06 pm | [comment link]
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