The crux the current “Vatileaks” scandal originates with the actions of Monsignor Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano exposed alleged corruption related to shady contracts awarded to cronies that cost the Holy See millions of euros in higher contract prices. Vigano was then the No. 2 Vatican administrator. He was transferred from his position to an ambassador position as a result of his courage. One of the leaked documents is his letter to the Pope begging not to be transferred. The letter likely proves that Benedict knew that Vigano blew the whistle, and he knew Vigano was claiming his transfer was retaliation. Did Pope Benedict investigate or intervene in any manner? We know the transfer was completed.
Why would people so physically and even emotionally close to the Pope, such as his personal butler, participate in leaking documents? They see a grave injustice and they are disgusted by the cover-up and corruption. Should these whistleblowers have just thrown themselves under the bus from the outset? No sensible person will voluntarily self-destruct without a compelling reason. The goal was to expose, not self-destruct. Further, self-destruction would limit the ability of the whistleblower to gain further access to information, thereby furthering the cloud of secrecy.
Questions now arise which beg for a full transparency. Has the Vatican bank been misused by criminal elements? The world is now asking these questions, and the Vatican must respond despite the instinctive tendency to close ranks. What criminal element would not want to money launder through a religious institution cloaked in deep secrecy? A moment of reflection by Benedict would bring the issue into sharp focus: his bank may be the repository for terrorist or mafia money, in the name of God. It is time to take an aggressive attitude to open the records, not punish those who disclose them.