|November 23, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 20 • Oakland, CA|
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'VatiLeaks' 2015: Books claim resistance to pope's finance reform
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Financial wrongdoing at the Vatican, leaked documents and arrests by the Vatican police may make it seem like 2012 all over again, but the situation — while serious — is not the breach of papal privacy that the earlier "VatiLeaks" scandal was.
Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist who published documents stolen from Pope Benedict XVI's private office by his butler, has a new book out based on more leaked documents. "Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis's Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican," was scheduled for release in English Nov. 5.
Another book, Emiliano Fittipaldi's "Avarizia" ("Greed"), also is focused on Vatican finances and was scheduled for publication the same day in Italian.
Nuzzi's book is based largely on confidential documents given to and reports written by members of a temporary commission Pope Francis established in July 2013 — less than four months after his election — to clean up the Vatican's financial chaos, control costs and eliminate the possibilities for misusing funds. In addition, Nuzzi has what he claims are recordings of Pope Francis discussing the lack of fiscal responsibility and transparency at the Vatican, but he does not claim to have private papal documents like he did in 2012.
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