Skip to comments.Pope moves top Vatican official Monsignor Ettore Balestrero to Colombia amid "Vatileaks" report
Posted on 02/22/2013 12:15:00 PM PST by haffast
The pope has transferred a top official from the Vatican's secretariat of state to Colombia amid swirling media speculation about the contents of a confidential report into the Vatican's leaks scandal.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted Friday that the transfer of Monsignor Ettore Balestrero had been months in the works and had nothing to do with the leaks investigation or what the Vatican considers baseless reporting.
Balestrero was named undersecretary of the Vatican's Foreign Ministry in 2009 and, among other tasks, has been a lead player in the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of financially transparent countries. Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named him ambassador, or nunzio, to Colombia.
Italian newspapers have suggested that Pope Benedict was shocked to learn from the cardinals' research of infighting among various factions in the Vatican's governing bureaucracy, the Curia. CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey says some reports have suggested a homosexual lobby among church officials within the Curia. Newspapers have even claimed blackmail of a sexual nature as the factions vie for power.
Pizzey reports the cardinals' final dossier on the leaks scandal is expected to hit Pope Benedict's desk on Monday, but he's widely expected to leave it for his successor to address the problems detailed in the multitudinous pages.
Ordinary Catholics might not think that dysfunction in the Apostolic Palace has any effect on their lives, but it does: The Curia makes decisions on everything from church closings to marriage annulments to the disciplining of pedophile priests. Papal politics plays into the prayers the faithful say at Mass since missal translations are decided by committee in Rome. Donations the faithful make each year for the pope are held by a Vatican bank whose lack of financial transparency fueled bitter internal debate.
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**August 17, 2009**
CBS quotes Lefty Lombardi who frequently takes counter B 16’s positions.
imo it’s all red herring, false flag, nonsense designed to lessen the Popes political capital in choosing an orthodox successor...
...next move is to look for the dissenter’s to use stall tactics in choosing the next Pope.
This Pope knows where the skeletons are buried; and the back stabbing, social engineering, chanting, drum banging, Father Showtunes, why can’t we be more like the Protestants whining dissenting modernists fear that.
Wow, Columbia. That’s almost a death sentence these days.
Priests are getting killed every day there.
"The Pope named Fr. Lombardi as the Vatican's press office director in 2006, a role which later meant also heading both Vatican Television Center and Vatican Radio."
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