Vatileaks 2: Pope Francis Draws a Line Under it with "Act of Mercy"
(Rome) Pope Francis wants to end the scandal of Vatileaks 2 "by a great act of mercy". This was reported by the Catholic Spanish press at InfoVaticana who cite, "sources at the State Secretariat."
"This is to prevent media fire will return again on corruption and Vatican finances again," said the press service.
Last October 31st the Spanish prelate, Lucio Vallejo Balda, was arrested by the Vatican Gendarmerie near Florence. Since then, he has been in Vatican in custody. Italian PR woman Francesca Chaouqui was arrested at the same time. After she had agreed to cooperate with the investigating authorities, Chaouqui was released after several days of detention. This generosity had to do with her pregnancy, but also with the Italian judiciary, whose investigation of Chaouqui, her husband and some public figures of Italy are ongoing in several other cases. Incarceration in the Vatican would have obstructed justice in Italy.
Two books, two scandals, different thrust
The scandal is related to the publication of two books that have been presented simultaneously by Italian investigative journalists. These are the books Avarizia by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Via Crucis by Gianluigi Nuzzi.
Nuzzi was a connected with the first Vatileaks scandal against Benedict XVI. Although the German Pope was a victim of the scandal, the leading mass media directed the scandal against him and called for his resignation.
Such things did not happen under Pope Francis. Nuzzi even wrote his book, which triggered Vatileaks 1 against the reigning Benedict XVI., while he has protested several times now that his new book is in support of Pope Francis and "reform".
Never the less it seems Pope Francis wants to put an end to the negative headlines associated with Vatileaks. 2
Five defendants are in the Vatican in court
The two journalists, Valleja Balda, his secretary and Chaouqui have to stand trial in the same case before a Vatican court. It is about abuse of power, breach of the employment relationship and the obligation of secrecy and illegal disclosure of documents.
The opportunity for a "generous act of charity" can drawn a line under the scandal to serve the Holy Year of Charity and approaching Easter, says InfoVaticana .