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Pope meets with 'Vatileaks' investigative commission

June 18, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 16 with the commission of cardinals investigating the “Vatileaks” scandal. The Vatican did not provide any announcement about the meeting.

In April the Pope appointed a commission of three retired cardinals, chaired by Cardinal Julian Herranz, to investigate the public release of confidential Vatican documents. Since that time the “Vatileaks” scandal has escalated significantly, increasing the pressure on the Holy See to resolve the problem.

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter observes that it could be significant that the investigating commission is composed exclusively of cardinals, since canon law stipulates that a cardinal can only be judged by other cardinals. To date, however, Vatican spokesmen have insisted that no cardinal has been implicated in the leaks.


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