I notice over at the NCReg that Pope Benedict met with departments heads and cardinal over the recent leaks. Spokesperson Federico Lombardi mentioned that the Holy Father wishes “to “speed up” the conclusion of the “Vatileaks” scandal and to “restore serenity and trust” in the Curia.
At the risk of overdoing the snark, good luck on both.
I think there are two ways to end a scandal. One is absolute truth-telling. I suspect Pope Benedict himself isn’t completely in the know regarding what passes for the truth in the Curia these days. Maybe this meeting was a tongue-lashing for them to get their house in order. If so, we won’t ever hear about it. Unless the leaker is one of the dicastery heads or one of the cardinals mentioned. NCReg blogger Edward Pentin name-dropped for us:
Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General Emeritus for the Diocese of Rome, and Slovak Cardinal Jozef Tomko, former prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples who also co-heads the commission of investigation.
That other way to end scandal? Someone goes to prison. Someone responsible, and I don’t think it’s the butler. And usually when something goes to trial, it’s not a speedy end. Nor is it an economical one.
Alessandro Speciale at the RNS sums up a good bit of the leaky situation here. What do we really know? Two big things, really:
(T)he allegation of widespread “corruption” by the Vatican City State’s No. 2 official, who is now the pope’s ambassador to the United States; and details of a behind-the-scenes wrangling over new Vatican financial transparency norms, part of an effort to align the Holy See to international standards.
Mr Tedeschi, ousted head of the Vatican Bank, seemed to have been on the right track toward transparency and goodness. And yet …
(H)e was at odds with (Cardinal) Bertone over norms that should ensure that the Vatican is accepted into a European list of financially transparent countries. A leaked memo by one of the bank’s board members — American Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus — contains a veiled accusation against Gotti Tedeschi as a possible source of the leaks.
I don’t like this kind of public stuff. Don’t like the secular echo from Wall Street, that, if true, the regular Joe gets arrested and the banker goes free. That rankled in 2008-09 and it still bothers today.
Pope Benedict strikes me as the sort of guy who does well sitting at his desk and reviewing notes of meetings. I hope he’s less influenced by second-hand testimony of others. Though from his days at the CDF, I tend to doubt it. I think a pronouncement will come, well-worded and scholarly, and then the people directly involved will comply or not, as they see they can get away with something.
It does make you wonder what sort of leader will be selected as the next Bishop of Rome. When all the ecclesiastical muckety-mucks descend on Rome for Friday’s feast, I’d sure like to be a fly on the wall around the discussions on who the next pope should be. Has Vatileaks altered the thinking of the College of Cardinals in any way, do you think?
Meanwhile, from 20th century 12-step spirituality:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Amen to that.
I had a dream last night I was browsing in the library through the Aurelio Zen books authored by the British mystery writer Michael Dibdin. Maybe I can absorb something of Italian-style politics through those. What do you think of that?