As the conclave of cardinals meets in Rome to choose a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, there’s a new report out that says the Vatican wiretapped many high church officials as part of an investigation into who had leaked documents to the press about the outgoing pontiff.
In the wake of several high-profile and salacious scandals alleging corruption and sexual politics inside the Vatican, Rome was rocked again Thursday by an Italian magazine’s claims of an extensive program of secret wiretapping and surveillance inside the holy city-state.
Panorama magazine claimed that Vatican authorities tapped phone calls and read the emails of Church officials as part of an investigation into the so-called Vatileaks scandal, according to a translation by The Telegraph…Panorama’s Vatican expert, Ignazio Ingrao, called the Vatican’s clandestine efforts “a sort of Vatican Big Brother” operation, adding, “Everyone was spied on in the Vatican,” according to The Telegraph. Panorama also alleged the wiretapping is ongoing…
Speaking at a press conference, Vatican spokesperson the Rev. Federico Lombardi insisted that Panorama had grossly exaggerated the issue.
“There may have been some wiretaps and controls ordered by the investigating magistrate, but I can assure you it was not on a large scale,” Lombardi said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Two to three phones were tapped.”
Doesn’t the pope supposedly have a direct line to God? Couldn’t he just ask God to tell him who did it?