Pope convenes cardinals to discuss leak scandal

2012-06-23 14:29

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI convened a special meeting of cardinals Saturday to get their advice about how to deal with the scandal over leaked Vatican documents, another sign of the damage the leaks have done to trust in the Holy See's governance.

Benedict was already scheduled to attend a regular meeting of the heads of Vatican offices Saturday morning. The Vatican press office said he had added a second meeting later in the day with other cardinals in a bid to try to "restore a climate of serenity and trust" in the church.

More cardinals to come

And the Vatican said he would meet over the coming days with still more cardinals who will be gathering in Rome for a church feast day on Friday to "continue the dialogue with the people who share the responsibility of the church's governance with him."

The Vatican has been scrambling to cope with the leaks of hundreds of Vatican documents exposing corruption, political infighting and power struggles at the highest level of the Catholic Church. The pope's butler has been arrested in the case, accused of aggravated theft after the pope's own documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.

The Vatican is conducting two main investigations into the leaks: a criminal one headed by the Vatican gendarmes that led to the arrest of the butler, Paolo Gabriele, and another internal probe led by a commission of three cardinals tasked with getting to the bottom of the scandal.

Serious issue

Last weekend Benedict met with the cardinal's commission to learn details of some of the two dozen people they have questioned.

The meetings Saturday were another indication of the seriousness with which he has taken the scandal and the damage it has done to the trust that is supposed to form the basis of the Vatican's governance.

In its statement, the Vatican said the regularly scheduled meeting with department heads, aimed at coordinating the Vatican's work, was "today particularly important and urgent to show efficient witness to the union of spirit that animates the Curia."

The second meeting Saturday includes Vatican cardinals and the archbishops of Sydney and retired vicar of Rome - two longtime papal advisers.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-23 14:49

    Also rotten to the core!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-23 15:41

      sa has the anc every, No escape from them

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-06-23 14:55

    Am I missing something. Surely the church has nothing to hide - they are christians, and therefor are supposed to lead righteous lives? Why the fuss - publish and be damned!

      brendan.j.currie.9 - 2012-06-23 15:34

      Which in theory you are correct in this assumption..... of course it not the reality.

      john.dickens.1048 - 2012-06-23 16:27

      Yes they are Christians, but they are also human beings subject to all the failings that everyone else in the whole world experiences. There is nothing anywhere in the Bible that says that once you become a Christian you become perfect. In fact the Bible makes the point that every single person is a sinner. In the wider sense everyone whether a Christian or any other religion or even those who have never heard about Christianity, falls short of whatever standard that is set for them, by their religion or by their culture. As a Christian, you become conscious of your sin, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, begin to work towards getting rid of that sin in your life. It could be a life long journey though, not like throwing a switch. All very complicated I know, and you along with many others make that same incorrect assumption, but hope this helps to give a more accurate perspective.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-06-23 19:45

      @ john.dickens No, let's not rationalise. NOBODY alleges that Christians become perfect. It is rather assumed that they would in their realization of their imperfect state not go ahead and perpetuate the imperfect. I think we should get our concepts accurately formulated.

      SaintBruce - 2012-06-23 21:03

      Since when is Roman Catholicism Christian? have a close look at their Doctrines and Dogmas and you won't find that stuff supported by the King James Holy Bible! Many in the RC Church are devout in their Christianity however the core of the RC belief system is at odds with the Bible. Reverend Lester Sumrall posted at least 60+ deviations of the RC governance system as being opposed in some way to the core message of the Bible. Just one - the Pope is not the sole representative of Jesus Christ on this earth ! Any one can have a personal relationship with Jesus and you don't have to pay obeisance to a man but to God alone. But I don't underestimate the power of the RC church and it's 'connections' with governments around the world. Those who are in the RC church and who understand the point I made above, you can leave and find the real Truth in a good church that preaches and teaches the whole bible from start to finish. Make Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Saviour now, and the Holy Spirit will lead you to the Truth. Once you know the Truth, the knowledge of the Truth will set you free. The Vatican is a religious ediface created by men to effect the worship of men under the guise of serving God. Take care and God Bless you.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-24 04:35

      @saintbruce.bruce "Since when is Roman Catholicism Christian?" Are you naive or deliberately obtuse? The Catholic Church invented Christianity and created the Bible. In fact they are the true Christian religions. All 30000+ other cults are simply guys wanting a piece of the financial action. There are no gods so all religions and cults are false anyway.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-23 16:02

    Do some reading & investigating on the 'eliminaty' and you won' believe what the Pope and leaders of big countries like USA and European countries are up to- you'll be shocked to say the least!!!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-23 18:10

    because we all know that info leaks are far worse than, say, pedophilia.

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-06-23 19:54

    There you have it folks, the great whore the bible has warned about!

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-06-23 21:31

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  • bernard.bracka - 2012-06-24 09:59

    Who ever who leaked that document please do us a favour and dig out another one about pope's gay orgy he had with bodyguards in vatican's underground holy cementry...ha ha ha.

      Desirè Elizabeth Francis - 2012-06-24 11:22

      @barend that is a disgusting thing to say! unless you actually have proof i suggest you keep you sordid opinions to yourself

      zaatheist - 2012-06-24 15:41

      The Catholic Church is the Mafia in frocks and silly hats, rotten to the the core of their shrivelled toxic and twisted hearts.

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