Garry O’Sullivan: The biggest problem facing 'medieval' Vatican is itself
WITH the Pope's butler now convicted of theft and under Vatican house arrest awaiting a probable pardon from Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican will be hoping that the Vatileaks scandal can be put behind it. Yet it is not clear that it can.
Even the most conservative of Catholics living here in Rome yearn for transparency and real reform, their initial scepticism of corruption in the Vatican beaten down by years of evidence to the contrary.
The Pope's spokesman, Federico Lombardi, believes that the media goes too far and presents the normal human frailties in the Vatican's government as fights, divisions and interest group struggles, which he says goes well beyond reality.