El periodista italiano Gianluigi Nuzzi hace pública la mayor filtración de documentos en la historia de la Santa Sede. Más de cien cartas privadas y comunicados confidenciales dirigidos al papa Benedicto XVI y a su secretario de Estado, Tarcisio Bertone, revelan los secretos de corrupción más oscuros del Vaticano: Espionaje y manipulación de información, encubrimientos y contubernios con la policía italiana; manejos financieros irregulares; la extraña desaparición de Emanuela Orlandi, de quien se ha rumorado que fue raptada para «fiestas sexuales»; los nexos entre la industria de la pornografía en Alemania con sacerdotes locales y el destape de diversos casos de pederastia que involucran a altos jerarcas católicos en Estados Unidos y México. Aunque el nuevo Papa ha declarado una vocación de verdad y transparencia, la Curia Romana está en alerta pues muchos ven estos escándalos como la decadencia de una de las instituciones religiosas con mayor número de feligreses en el mundo. Este es el sobrecogedor recuento.
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Excellent in Spanish. Now in English please? Much appreciated.
Las Cartas Secretas de Benedicto XVI por Gianluigi Nuzzi Spanish Edition This is the sum total product of what has been labeled as "The Vatileaks." Paolo Gabriele, Benedict's butler, released a series of documents exposing the Vatican's many scandals which climaxed with Benedict's resignation. The Italian, Mr. Nuzzi, elaborates on his biggest accomplishment as a newspaperman. Written mainly for an European audience; and most probably for the Italians and the Germans, Nuzzi uncovers many scandals: including Mr. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), and the rumors he created against Dino Boffo, causing the later to resign from his post at the Italian periodical, Avvenire. Then Mr. Nuzzi elaborates on the Carlo María Vigano scandal, which brought him to resign as director of Vatican Finances In both of these cases, there is a clear fight between two factions: one led by Card. Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, and the other led by Card. George Gånswein, the Pope's personal secretary. The corruption on the Vatican's banks are exposed - a place where money laundering is commonplace - and million of euros are exchanged by the privileged in exchange for Papal audiences and favors. Nuzzi also exposes the Vatican's maneuvers to prevent their non religious real estate properties from paying taxes - as is common in the E. U. - and also how the Vatican intervenes in German and Italian politics.<br /> <br /> The pedophilia scandals are also uncovered, as Mr.Nuzzio exposes the cover up done by the higher echelons in the Vatican to protect Father Marcial Maciel, Leader of Christ's Legionaries, after he's accused of pedophilia. The cover up goes as high as the Pope himself, and Fr. Maciel is not only protected, but the story is killed by the Vatican to avoid lawsuits. There are also manipulations by the Vatican as the Pope decides to bring back Father Lefebvre and his followers into the Church, thus removing their excommunication - the same day that one of their leaders, Monsigior Williamson goes public with his belief that the Holocaust never occurred. This causes Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to condemn the Church - forcing the Vatican to go on damage control, but nevertheless defending the Monsignor - and apparently Pope Benedict has an antisemitic vein.... This occurs as we learn that the German publishing house Wetbild - which is owned by the Church - publishes over 2500 books on pornography, their main source of income. Mr. Nuzzi also exposes a secret Vatican police that is in place in over 179 countries and, using secret codes and messages, is responsible for manipulating all the news that come and leave the Vatican. Thus there is a financial report sent to the Pope where it urges him to reshuffle its finances: rich countries are becoming more secular and are donating less, and poor countries are becoming more Catholic - so it will cost more to The Church to take care of its newest members, probably bankrupting it in the process. Not to mention the numerous expenses incurred in defending the church from pedophile related lawsuits in richer countries. Mr. Nuzzi shows us how this secret police works: take for instance the murder of Fr. Mitroslaw Karczewski in northern Ecuador. At first glance thought to be a robbery, but we later learn that the Polish priest was murdered in a crime of homosexual passion. The Vatican has to cover up the murder to prevent bad press - and does so. There is also a cover up of the fight between the Chinese "official or state " church and the one controlled by the Vatican. This was an interesting read, but as I mentioned before it was written for an European audience. At times I was lost with the names and positions of the Italian and European officials and it was, at times, hard to follow the story. I was fascinated by the fact that Paolo Gabriele was held in isolation in a Vatican jail, a thing that is not done - not even for murderers - in The Vatican. The norm is to have the offenders taken to the Italian authorities. Mr. Nuzzio theorizes that this was done for damage control issues. I must say that nothing in this book came as a surprise to me and I wish the mainstream media would have covered these issues more....