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Another 'VatiLeaks' story aims to unsettle Cardinal Bertone

March 02, 2012

In the latest episode of the “VatiLeaks” scandal, an Italian newspaper has published confidential letters regarding an unsuccessful effort by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to take over Milan’s University of the Sacred Heart.

In this case, Pope Benedict blocked the move by his Secretary of State, siding with the local archbishop against a move toward Vatican control. The case was a bureaucratic defeat for Cardinal Bertone, and by exposing it his critics within the Vatican add to his embarrassment.

The multiple leaks from the Vatican are clearly designed to undermine Cardinal Bertone’s authority. Since the Secretary of State has the full confidence of Pope Benedict, it seems unlikely that he would be removed from his current office. But the final result of the “VatiLeaks” campaign could be evident in a papal conclave, when Cardinal Bertone’s clout would be diminished.


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