Vatican Wiretapped Church Officials

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?

20 comments on this post.
  1. tbp1:

    Can someone explain to me why, at this point, ANYONE thinks the RCC is anything other than a corporation dedicated exclusively to the interests of its upper hierarchy and to accumulating power?

  2. tuxedocartman:

    Oh my god! If only the old white guys in the church had something like… a right to privacy?

  3. matty1:

    Doesn’t the pope supposedly have a direct line to God?

    God doesn’t dare say anything on that line, it might be tapped.

  4. matty1:

    Can someone explain to me why, at this point, ANYONE thinks the RCC is anything other than a corporation dedicated exclusively to the interests of its upper hierarchy and to accumulating power?

    Now that’s not true, it is also dedicated to protecting employees from accountability for their crimes.

  5. Sastra:

    Frankly, I have trouble finding anything “wrong” with this given the known nature and character of the organization. Priests enter the priesthood not just being aware that their every private movement and moment might be/will be scrutinized, but renouncing the idea that there is any such thing as a “private” act of a priest. Your life has been given to God — and the Church is His representative on earth. God always listens: why shouldn’t the Church?

    I think the immorality comes in with Catholicism itself: wiretapping is just a fairly predictable manifestation of the underlying fundamental problem.

  6. richardelguru:

    “Couldn’t he just ask God to tell him who did it?”

    Hey Bugsy! God ain’t no squeeler! Whatever the Feds do he’ll keep schtum.
    (I may have confused my idioms a bit)

  7. Randomfactor:

    “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,”

    “A few bad apples.” Who are being protected as a matter of policy, of course.

  8. Alverant:

    “Doesn’t the pope supposedly have a direct line to God?”
    What pope? The old one quit and they don’t have a new one yet. Now I have to wonder if that direct line to God is also tapped. Poor God, he wants to tell the pope something no one else has discovered yet as proof of his knowledge and all he’s getting is, “Sorry, that line has been disconnected. Please hang up and try again.”

  9. eric:

    If you train your hierarchy not to cooperate with law enforcement, you shouldn’t be surprised when they don’t cooperate with your law enforcement.

  10. Raging Bee:

    Gee, did anyone think to use the same methods of surveillance to identify sexual predators within the Church hierarchy? Or was that not as important as identifying critics and leakers?

  11. steve oberski:

    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

    Isn’t that how they spin doctored the kiddy raping scandal ?

  12. anubisprime:

    A Snitch is a snitch…allegedly

  13. anubisprime:

    Sorry format fail…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21691365

  14. dugglebogey:

    God is not a fucking snitch!

  15. dugglebogey:

    But the Holy Ghost? That’s a rat.

  16. thisisaturingtest:

    God speaks to those who speak to themselves.

  17. laurentweppe:

    Doesn’t the pope supposedly have a direct line to God? Couldn’t he just ask God to tell him who did it?

    He did, and God answered “If you keep bothering ME, I’ll tell everything I know to Wikileaks

  18. Draken:

    Consider it a modern form of the Confession, tailormade for your convenience. Instead of going to confession with a fellow priest and telling him everything, Management now collects and analyses your sins fully automatically.

    Compare to the Tax Department: in the days of olde, I had to report all my income and savings to them with proper printed evidence. Now, they know everything about me upfront since just about any financial institution sends the data to them. I don’t even have to sign anymore. Or say Hail Maries.

  19. anubisprime:

    Getting more Dan Brownish every day…phone taps indeed…who would have guessed?

    Who is the last of the female progeny of the Merovingian dynasty as a matter of some vague interest?

  20. DaveL:

    You’ll notice the surveillance was aimed at catching people who had leaked documents exposing malfeasance inside the Church – not at catching people responsible for the sort of malfeasance that was exposed.

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