The Holy See is in an uproar over the recent leak of sensitive documents by the Pope's own butler, which allege corruption in the Vatican's dealings with several Italian companies, disputes between cardinals, and arguments over the management of the city-state's long-troubled bank. In an interview today, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State who is second only to the pope in the church hierarchy blasted the media for trying to "imitate Dan Brown" and suggested the Prince of Darkness himself may be involved:
Bertone said the media were full of "pettiness and lies spread in these days," adding that "outside Italy people have a hard time trying to understand the vehemence of some Italian newspapers".
He said the Church was "an unequivocal reference point for countless people and institutions around the world" and added: "This is why there is an attempt to destabilize it".
Bertone branded as false the image of the Vatican as a place of intrigue and power struggles, saying: "The truth is that there is an attempt to sow division that comes from the Devil".
Satanic intervenion or not, Bertone is kidding himself if he thinks the image of the Vatican as a place of scandal and intrigue is something new.