Vatican City, Oct 13, 2023 / 04:22 am
Reports on the private deliberations of participants at the Synod on Synodality are accessible via an unsecured server, The Pillar news outlet reported Friday.
The records, which the Pillar found to be openly available to anyone with the correct web address without any need of a password, include rosters of the synod’s working groups and the “table” reports they filed at the conclusion of the synod’s first round of discussions. On Friday afternoon, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he was checking into the report.
The Pillar said it is not publishing the group assignments or the reports “following Pope Francis’ request for ‘a certain restraint’ in press coverage of the synodal process.”
But its report is a major embarrassment for the Vatican and an extraordinary breach of the wall of secrecy the synod’s managers have sought to impose since the monthlong assembly got underway Oct. 4. Among other things, the report raises the question of who else has been spying on the synod’s supposedly confidential deliberations all along.