- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
The Holy See is in an uproar over the recent leak of sensitive documents by the Pope’s own butler, which allege corruption in the Vatican’s dealings with several Italian companies, disputes between cardinals, and arguments over the management of the city-state’s long-troubled bank. In an interview today, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretary of State who is second only to the pope in the church hierarchy blasted the media for trying to "imitate Dan Brown" and suggested the Prince of Darkness himself may be involved:
Bertone said the media were full of "pettiness and lies spread in these days," adding that "outside Italy people have a hard time trying to understand the vehemence of some Italian newspapers".
He said the Church was "an unequivocal reference point for countless people and institutions around the world" and added: "This is why there is an attempt to destabilize it".
Bertone branded as false the image of the Vatican as a place of intrigue and power struggles, saying: "The truth is that there is an attempt to sow division that comes from the Devil".
Satanic intervenion or not, Bertone is kidding himself if he thinks the image of the Vatican as a place of scandal and intrigue is something new.