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God’s Bankers

posted on July 10, 2012

The Economist chronicles intrigue at the Vatican over Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the pope’s secretary of state. Recently, Bertone fired the head of the Vatican Bank and had the papal butler jailed for leaking documents. Throughout his embattled tenure, Bertone has been suspected of “trying to pack the next conclave: the assembly of cardinals that will elect the next pope.” Though Pope Benedict has stood by Bertone, The Economist concludes that “as long as the secretary of state stays, the infighting in the Vatican seems likely to continue, and the outside world’s grave concerns about its administration will remain.”

Read at The Economist