"Christian life is a journey, it is like hiking up a mountain path in the company of Jesus. With these precious gifts [of the Holy Spirit], your friendship with Him will become ever closer, and ever more true."—Pope Benedict to young people in Milan receiving their confirmation on Saturday, June 2, during a World Day of Families celebration
At least one more person is still releasing secret Vatican documents, according to an article published this morning in Rome's La Repubblica newspaper, and one of those documents is a letter written by American Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, expressing perplexity for the fact that he was not informed about an important liturgical decision taken without his knowledge.
And the person who has revealed these three documents claims to possess "hundreds" of other, not-yet-published, Vatican secret documents.
If this is true, more revelations may lie directly ahead.
In La Repubblica's account, the source releasing the new documents, who is evidently someone who works in the Vatican, aims to strike two highly placed Vatican officials very close to the Pope: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict's increasingly controversial Secretary of State, who is now 77; and Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, 55, one of Benedict's two personal secretaries.
The attacks on Bertone, according to sources here I have been able to consult, stem from the fact that Bertone has profoundly offended a number of other cardinals by the way he has exercised his authority. These sources say that Bertone, for example, has written letters to other cardinals telling them Pope Benedict wishes them to do something, like step down from an office they hold; however, the sources say, when the cardinals involved have directly contacted the Pope, the Pope has said the wishes expressed in the letters from the Secretary of State were not, in fact, his wishes; the cardinals have, therefore, stayed at their posts. Note: I have not been able to confirm that this is what actually happened; I can anly say with certainty that this is what is being said happened, and that this is being held out as a key reason a number of cardinals and other high-ranking prelates have turned sharply against Cardinal Bertone.
Why Monsignor Gaenswein is under attack is not entirely clear. But the La Repubblica source claims that the contents of letters signed by Gaenswein are not being revealed because they would be "offend the person of the Holy Father" ("non pubblichiamo in modo integrale per non offendere la Persona del Santo Padre") and that the letters regard "shameful cases inside the Vatican" ("vergognose vicende all'interno del Vaticano").
Robert Moynihan PhD is the editor of Moynihan Reports and Inside the Vatican.