Latest WikiLeaks Reveal Embarrasses Vatican

The latest revelation from WikiLeaks sheds an embarrassing light on the Vatican, revealing what most already knew: that the Holy See is as embroiled in PR-concerned political negotiations as any other government. As the AP reports, at particular issue was the Vatican and the government of Ireland, which was investigating a major clergy sex-abuse scandal and investigation.

Messages from diplomats on the subejct reveal that they found Vatican was furious when Ireland attempted to subejct its higher-ranked clergy to questioning by a government investigation, believing such a move impinged on the Vatican's "sovereignty." Reports the AP:

That the Holy See used its diplomatic immunity status as a tiny-city state to try to thwart Ireland's government-led probe has long been known. But the WikiLeaks cables, published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, contain delicate, behind-the-scenes diplomatic assessments of the highly charged situation.

Essentially, the church leveraged intense pressure on the Irish government not to subject these high-ranking clergy (who may have been involved in one way or another with the abuse of kids) to questioning, and the government eventually complied. 

Another embarrassing revelation was a rift in Anglican-Vatican relations, including a fear of renewed anti-Catholic violence in Britain, after the Pope tried to poach conservative Anglicans distressed by their church's growing acceptance of women and gays.

Read more at the AP, via Huffington Post.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 11, 2010, 5:43am

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