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Vatican 'regrets' leak of letter about personal behavior of ousted bank president

June 11, 2012

A psychotherapist raised questions about the personal behavior of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi shortly before he was removed from his post as the president of the Vatican bank, a new leaked Vatican document has revealed.

The psychotherapist, Pietro Lasalvia, reported witnessing signs of pathological behavior in Tedeschi after visiting the staff at the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). Tedeschi was dismissed after the bank’s board unanimously approved a resolution of no confidence.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, decried the publication of the letter: the latest in a long series of confidential documents that have appeared in the Italian press. The Vatican spokesman said that the public appearance of the letter was “completely unacceptable and cause for true regret.”


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