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Cardinal Bertone disparages accuracy of Vatican leaks

February 29, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, made an oblique comment on the recent leaks of confidential Vatican documents on February 29, questioning the accuracy of the material that has become public.

At the opening of an exhibit in Rome featuring documents from the Vatican Secret Archives, Cardinal Bertone remarked that "these were the documents to look at and to show, which smack of historical truth.” His remark seemed clearly intended to stress that the documents on display, unlike those that have recently been drawing attention in the Italian media, were appropriate for public viewing.

When questioned whether he had deliberately underlined the accuracy of the documents from the Archives, contrasting them with the material that has circulated in the Italian media, Cardinal Bertone replied: “You know that’s the case. You are well informed.”

Cardinal Bertone has been the central figure in the controversy roused by the “VatiLeaks” memos, which apparently have come from within the Secretariat of State. While many analysts say that the leaks point to sharp disputes within the Vatican bureaucracy, official spokesmen have countered that the documents have been taken out of context and give an inaccurate picture of the real situation.


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