omatic soul has been laid bare by WikiLeaks cables covering everything from sex abuse and media blunders to old "technophobic" cardinals.
Cables sent from the U.S. embassy to the Vatican to the State Department depict Pope Benedict as sometimes isolated as aides try to protect him from bad news, and say his number two is seen as a "yes man" with little credibility among diplomats.
The cables were published by the Guardian newspaper, one of several news organizations with have been given access to the leaked cables from U.S. embassies around the world.
A long cable in February 2009, though couched in diplomatic language, reads like a scathing criticism of the Vatican's internal and external communications structures, which are held responsible for some of Pope Benedict's biggest public mishaps.
"The Holy See's communications operation is suffering from 'muddled messaging' partly as a result of cardinals' technophobia and ignorance about 21st century communications. Only one senior papal advisor has a Blackberry and few have e-mail accounts. It has led to PR blunders on issues as sensitive as the Holocaust," a U.S. diplomat writes.
The cable calls the pope's inner circle of advisers old "Italo-centric" men uncomfortable with information technology and the "rough and tumble of media communications."
The pope's right-hand man, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, is depicted as a "yes man" with no diplomatic experience or linguistic skills and the cable suggests that the pope is protected from bad news.
"There is also the question of who, if anyone, brings dissenting views to the pope's attention," it says.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi (the one official praised for knowing how to use a Blackberry), said on Saturday that the cables reflected the perceptions of the authors and were "not expressions of the Holy See itself."
While some of the information was known to journalists, seeing it published in official U.S. cables will not please Vatican officials, some of whom are named.
LITANY OF MEDIA MISHAPS
The cable said the Vatican's "lack of information sharing" between its offices could be blamed for the bad handling of the pope's 2006 Regensburg speech, which Muslims saw as equating Islam with violence, and the re-instating of a Holocaust-denying bishop.
Jews and many others were outraged in 2009 when the pope lifted the excommunication of traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson. The Vatican claimed it did not know that he had denied the full extent of the Holocaust.
Even the Vatican department that oversees relations with Jews found out from the media of the pope's intentions. The pope later acknowledged in a book a that "none of us went on the Internet to find out what sort of person we were dealing with."
A cable dated February 26, 2010 shows the Vatican balked at cooperating with investigators over sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland. It said the Vatican had been offended and angered by requests from Irish investigators who wanted to talk to them.
The Murphy Commission Report, published in 2009, said the Church in Ireland had obsessively hidden child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 to 2004, and had been more concerned with protecting the Church's reputation than children.
The commission had asked to talk to the papal ambassador to Ireland and members of the Vatican department that oversees sexual abuse cases but was spurned.
One cable quoted a Vatican official as saying the request had "offended many in the Vatican" and the cable's author writes "The Vatican believes the Irish government failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations."…
ed a defamatory and "anti-clerical left-wing" media campaign questioning his actions during Argentina's murderous military dictatorship.
On Day 2 of the Francis pontificate, the Vatican denounced news reports in Argentina and beyond resurrecting allegations that the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio failed to openly confront the junta responsible for kidnapping and killing thousands of people in a "dirty war" to eliminate leftist opponents.
TROL THE PEOPLE
Media Mayhem : Losing Faith: Abuse, Cover-Up and the Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Doyle
Published on Jul 26, 2012
A former Vatican insider shares details of the sex-abuse epidemic.
Having reached extraordinary heights in the Catholic Church and served in the Vatican embassy with the sexual abuse epidemic, Fr. Thomas Doyle turned away from the religious order in response to the spiraling and far-reaching cover-up. Privy to some of the most sensitive dealings of the church, Fr. Thomas provides us with a very rare perspective on the abuse, response and cultural framework that allowed it to happen and continues to minimize the impact on the victims.
Fr. Thomas names names as to who he feels are directly responsible, and shares with us how the sordid affair has changed his own spiritual relationship to the church.…
ophile priests.Former Fugees star Hill, 28, said she accepted her invitation only so she could protest at child sex scandals in the United States.She told the 7,000 crowd: "I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for him in this place?"I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken?"What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil?"Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in?"Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church."There was silence for several minutes from the audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican as many of them could not speak English.Continuedhttp://snaparch.com/news/vatican/lauryn_hill_vatican.htm…
an any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars yet the hipocrite has the audacity of making a recent comment about Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Together and people protesting ...making it seem as if he is out to defend equality of all - yet it is he and his corrupt organization that has been accumulating wealth by baby trafficking, abusing the masses, keeping them ignorant and infiltrating the nations in politics, economy, education, and more.
We will soon see the destruction of the evil organization that has empoverished the nations: the Vatican. The Man Christ Jesus is here on Earth, Jose Luis De Jesus, and He is here to destroy the corrupt religious system. 2 Thes 2:8 says that in His Second Coming he would destroy the Vatican, and since He is back, the days of the Vatican are counted..
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