The trial of Paolo Gabriele, the personal butler of Pope Benedict XVI, ended on October 6 with an 18 months sentence on charges of leaking the pontiff's secret memos... The developments left watchers guessing whether the machinery behind the row was limited to Vatican's perpetual power-wrestling or the incident deserves a deeper reading. Allegations against the Vatican being a long-familiar phenomenon, the fieriest criticisms have been drawn by the extremely secretive Institute for Works of Religion commonly known as the Vatican Bank and recurrently facing accusations of money-laundering and other types of abuse... The truth is that the response to the VatiLeaks case reflected an attempt to disguise both the crumbling of the Vatican's traditional system of administration and the pressure intended to impose the global financial clans' control over the Holy See...
Olga CHETVERIKOVA | 16.10.2012