Vatican Leaks and the Dark Nights of Benedict XVI
“It is important to have friends around one’s self”
Written by Giuseppe Nardi in Katholisches: Magazin für Kirche und Kultur
Translated by Tancred
(Vatican) He is called Luigi Martignani and is a Capuchin. He is employed to the Investigation Committee of the Vatican State Secretariat, whose mission from the Pope should uncover the Vaticanleaks scandal. What is meant are the confidential documents which have been damned from the Vatican and manipulated by the press.
Pope Benedict XVI has approached the incident not without concern. From his circle much is hear that the Pope is very distraught over the document theft and the breach of trust associated with that which come from his closest associates. At yesterday’s lunch with the Cardinals, which the College of Cardinals gave in honor of his 85th birthday, he said these words not accidentally: “It is important to have friends around you.” Then he continued: “In my life I have experienced wonderful times, but also dark nights. Even the nights were necessary, and today, surrounded by Cadinals, my friends, I feel myself sure in this company. The evil will master the world, and does this either through violence or by presenting itself as good. In this manner, it destroys the moral foundation of society.”
Margignani must operate on another level. He is the operative arm of Cardinals Herrnaz, Tomko and De Giorgi, who are directing the investigation. Their mission is to find out who the person responsible for the theft of documents is, whom Journalist Nuzzi has given the code name “Maria” in his tell all book. The journalist insists, that behind this is not only one person, rather several. In the Vatican ne suspects that behind this statement by Nuzzi is a distraction in order to protect his informant.
The figure of the secret traitor is naturally a no recent occurrence. Every Pontificate had its leak. The deceased Doyen of Vaticanistas, Benny Lai wrote many times in his Vatican diaries about this. For the most part it was the doing of one person within the Leonine walls who’s been allotted “strong protection”, which can be so strong, that even when he himself is unseen, it is not said that he can be far from his post. Lai maintains that for the collection of information he relied on all imaginable methods available. “We ourselves paid 10,000 Lire every month to Riccardo Galeazzi Lisi for that reason, ( Lisi was the doctor of Pius XII) so that he could inform us about the course of the Pope’s health.” As Pius XII discovered that Galeazzi Lisi betrayed him, he did not dismiss him, but said, “If he wants to remain in the Vatican, he should stay, but arrange for it so that I will no longer see him”, said the Pope. And the corrupt Archiatros thanked him not, rather arranged to take photos of the dying Pope with a hidden mini-camera.
The history must be repeated, however. The mole of 2012 can at least not count on that. He is not in any case shut out, that even he, once detected, will stay in his position. Even with his improvised camouflage he will be discovered. The Vatican Gendarmes have already made their investigation. The mole had access to the archives of the State Secretariat and that the part in which Msgr Gänswein, the private secretary of Pope, which correspondence addressed to himself and the pope was filed after their dispatch. The circle of people is very small.