Vatican Leaks Expose a Mutiny Within
Leaks shed light on Holy See power struggle
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarciso Bertone, left, arrives in Rome after a 2009 visit to Angola.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – The Vatican's already-battered image is taking a beating lately from a series of leaks that have exposed an ugly power struggle inside the Holy See, Reuters reports. "It is a total mess," says one source, who believes the leaks are part of a "mutiny of the monsignors" against Pope Benedict XVI's heavy-handed deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The leaks have brought to light an alleged murder plot against the pontiff and revealed that Bertone transferred an archbishop who tried to blow the whistle on corruption.

"Bertone has had a very brash method of running the Vatican and putting his friends in high places," a bishop with close knowledge of Vatican affairs says. "People could not take it anymore and said 'enough,' and that is why I think these leaks are coming out now to make him look bad." Vatican sources say that some cardinals have urged the pope to replace Bertone, but the isolated and increasingly frail 84-year-old pontiff is unwilling to find a new right-hand man. "It's all aimed at Bertone," says one monsignor. "It's very clear that they want to get rid of Bertone."

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kokuaguy
Feb 14, 2012 11:28 PM CST
Off with his head !!!
crafter67
Feb 14, 2012 11:10 PM CST
No one should be surprised - geez - one look at the church's history will tell you this type of thing is a fairly mild political 'bumps in the road' compared to the Avignon Papacy for example... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avignon_Papacy
BCS
Feb 14, 2012 4:40 PM CST
I'm surprised anyone is sticking by this vile secret society of hypocrites and thugs. They are irrelevant and outdated. They will cease to exist with any real authority, or power within a single generation.