Vatican City, Feb 14, 2012 / 20:08 pm America/Denver (CNA).
In the face of leaks of various Vatican documents, Holy See officials must not become caught up in controversy and confusion but should stay committed to reform and “authentic transparency” in government, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on Monday afternoon.
“Both sides bear responsibility: firstly the suppliers of documents of this kind, but also those who undertake to use them for purposes that certainly have nothing to do with pure love of truth,” he said in a Feb. 13 statement. “We must, therefore, stand firm, not allowing ourselves to be swallowed up by the vortex of confusion, which is what ill-intentioned people want, and remaining capable of using our reason.”
Fr. Lombardi said the documents in question differ in nature and importance and are from various times for varying situations. Some of the documents concern improved economic management of the Vatican, others concern current judicial and legislative questions. On these, the spokesman said, there is normally a contrast of opinion.
But other “delirious and incomprehensible reports” have surfaced “about plots against the Pope's life,” he said.
One leaked memo concerned a cardinal’s complaint about another cardinal who reputedly spoke of a possible assassination attempt against the Pope within 12 months and speculated upon his successor.