The leak of Pope Benedict XVI's personal correspondence by his butler Paolo Gabriele revealed the rather dark and vile intrigues that took place in internal affairs of the Vatican.
But the information leaked got over ridden by the hue and cry and the circus that was created over the source of the leak, successfully diverting attention from the content of the documents telling stories of dark rivalries, scandals and allegations of official corruption that characterized the inner working of the eight years of the papacy of Benedict XVI. But it was only a matter of time. Things of the nature cannot be hidden for long.
The leak of the pope's private correspondence came through his butler Paolo Gabriele who leaked the Pope’s personal documents, including letters from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who the pope had installed to implement a series of reforms within the Vatican.
But some of Rome’s top cardinals moved to block the efforts and force Vigano’s "exile" to the United States under the guise of the Vatican ambassador to the US.
In a letter, Vigano wrote:"My transfer right now, would provoke much disorientation and discouragement in those who have believed it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of power that have been rooted in the management of so many departments."
Over time, Vigano won the butler's sympathy. He decided to bring the issues and his discontent to the pope's attention through unofficial channels. He also contacted Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian investigative reporter and had several secret meetings and passed documents to him.
When the pope announced his resignation many knew a lot was about to be unraveled. It was only a matter of time. Surely, the decision to step down from his position, making him the first pope in nearly 600 years to do so, and labeling him as a weak and unsuccessful leader must not have come easy.
The world has been aware of and in fact has been pointing at the various dubious happenings of the church and the Vatican’s lack of response to that.
The next pope, whoever he may be will surely have his work cut out for him. But the question is, will he be chosen for his capacity and agreement to do so?
The documents expose the church bureaucracy’s entrenched opposition to Benedict’s fledgling effort to carve out a legacy as a reformer against global child sex abuse scandal. Somehow it does not come as a surprise.
Benedict hinted at the problems in his final homily on Ash Wednesday: “We can reveal the face of the church and how this face is, at times, disfigured. I am thinking in particular of the sins against the unity of the church, of the divisions in the body of the church."