Most people read about Donald Trump’s every utterance…
But under the radar?
The Catholic Church has its own problems , separate from the sexual abuse issues in Pennsylvania….
The Vatican has been under intense scrutiny for almost six months now, the result of leaked correspondence — the so-called Vatileaks — that alleges financial corruption and intrigue within the internal government of the Holy See.
The subject of the leaks has sparked a media frenzy in Rome and even among some of the world’s financial press, but it is no surprise to church historians who have seen all this before.
“The Vatican is in a sense almost perpetually enmeshed in scandals, because it continues to act like a kingdom,” says John Stackhouse, professor of theology and culture at the University of British Columbia’s Regent College.
“It might have made sense at one point in history for the pope to also be a prince, but whenever you’re involved in politics or business, things get messy.”
Just a week ago the president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted after receiving a unanimous vote of no confidence from bank overseers.
Since then, Vatican authorities arrested the Pope’s own butler, Paolo Gabriele, on the suspicion that he had been leaking private letters to Gianluigi Nuzzi, a local investigative journalist looking into the corruption allegations…..