Vatican arrests cleric, laywoman suspected of leaking secret documents ~ link ~ It was one of the biggest internal scandals to
hit Francis' papacy so far and was reminiscent of the "Vatileaks" furor
that preceded the resignation of former Pope Benedict in 2013.Spanish
Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, number two at the Vatican's
Prefecture for Economic Affairs, and Italian laywoman Francesca
Chaouqui, a public relations expert, were arrested over the weekend, a
Vatican statement said.Vallejo
Balda, 54, was believed to be the highest-ranking member of the
Vatican's central bureaucracy, known as the Curia, ever to have been
Chaouqui, 33, whose sexy
photo of herself on her Facebook page raised Vatican eyebrows when she
was appointed to the commission in 2013, was released on Monday after
she agreed to cooperate with the investigation, it said.
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Two ‘moles’ arrested as fresh scandal hits Vatican ~ link ~Vallejo Balda, who is currently languishing in a Vatican jail, belongs to a priestly society linked to conservative Catholic movement Opus Dei, which expressed “surprise and pain” at his arrest.
A furious Vatican also denounced the expected publication this week of two new books believed to be based on leaks from hackers releasing information regarding the famously murky world of its finances.
Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, who is releasing “Avarice: Documents Revealing Wealth, Scandals and Secrets of Francis’ Church”, writes for L’Espresso newsweekly, an avid publisher of leaks in recent years.
“Merchants in the Temple”, by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, follows his 2012 book which was based on information gathered from Benedict’s butler in a scandal some believe was the reason behind the pontiff’s historic resignation.
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Vatican leaks scandal grows: Book exposes resistance, waste ~ link ~Citing confidential documents, it exposed millions of euros in potential lost rental revenue, the scandal of the Vatican’s saint-making machine, greedy monsignors and a professional-style break-in at the Vatican.
With the scandal still fresh, Francis was elected in 2013 on a mandate from his fellow cardinals to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and clean up its opaque finances. He set out promptly by creating a commission of eight experts to gather information from all Vatican offices on the Holy See’s overall financial situation, which by that time was dire. Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, a high-ranking Vatican official affiliated with the Opus Dei movement, and Francesca Chaouqui, an Italian public relations executive, were both members — and now are accused in the leaks probe.
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Hard on his heels comes Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist at the heart of the Vatileaks affair under Benedict XVI three years ago, who releases his new volume, “Via Crucis.” Once again promising a rich harvest of leaked Vatican documents and recordings, the book will appear simultaneously in English, published by Henry Holt, under the title “Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis’ Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican.”
For Nuzzi, here’s how his publicity materials describe the landscape he presents: “A negative situation never before seen on such a scale, revealed here, finally makes it understandable why Benedict XVI resigned,” the materials claim.