Was The Pope Forced Out?
That’s one theory.
Italian newspapers have been rife for days with unsourced reports about the contents of the secret dossier that three cardinals prepared for Benedict after investigating the origins of the leaks.
The scandal erupted last year after papers taken from the pope’s desk were published in a blockbuster book. The pope’s butler was convicted in October of aggravated theft, and later pardoned.
Now Monsignor Ettore Balestrero, a senior member of the Vatican’s secretariat of state, has been sent 6,000 miles away to South America as the fallout continues.
The Vatican has refused to comment on the reports, which have claimed the contents of the dossier, delivered to Benedict XVI in December, were a factor in his decision to resign. Benedict himself has said he simply no longer has the ‘strength of mind and body’ to carry on.