Vatican City, 31 May 2012 (VIS) – Yesterday, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, held a meeting with journalist to answer questions on the publication of reserved Vatican documents, an act for which the Pope’s personal assistant has been arrested.

Regarding the questions on the pope’s possible resignation, a hypothesis maintained by various media outlets, Fr. Lombardi affirmed that those were baseless creations of some journalists, which have no foundation in reality. The Curia has expressed its solidarity with the pontiff and continues to work in full communion with the Successor of Peter: “This is precisely the moment in which to demonstrate esteem and appreciation for the Holy Father and the service he carries out; to show full solidarity with him and thus, to demonstrate communion, unity, and coherence with how this situation is dealt with”.

Fr. Lombardi emphasized that it is important that communication regarding this sorrowful event for the Pope and the Church be inspired by rigorous criteria for the truth: “It seems to me”, he said, “that there is a line of desire for truth and clarity, a desire for transparency that, although it will take time, continues forward. I thus honestly believe that we are trying to handle this new situation: We are seeking the truth, and trying to objectively understand what may have happened. First, however, it is necessary to be sure to have understood it, in respect for persons and the truth”.

Fr. Lombardi explained to the journalists that it will be necessary to wait for a complete picture of the situation, since the investigations and formal questioning are still at a preliminary stage. The agencies involved at this stage are the Vatican magistrate and a Commission of Cardinals.

The director of the Holy See Press Office also explained that yesterday morning the single defendant, Paolo Gabriele, met with his lawyers who will probably request monitored surveillance or house arrest for their client. At the same time, Fr. Lombardi denied details published in the media such as that packets of documents prepared to be sent to specific recipients were found in Gabriele’s house. The material found in the personal assistant’s possession is already being studied and catalogued, Fr. Lombardi said.

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  1. Mimi says:

    Don’t you find yourself wishing that Fr Lombardi would just tell the journalists to bugger off with their ridiculous suggestions of papal resignations rather than waffling about esteem, appreciation, solidarity and coherence?

    Or is it just me?

  2. toadspittle says:

    No, Mimi, it’s not just you. There are millions of us. It’s a scandal! The Plot Thickens, (to coin a phrase) dunnit!
    Mark Toad’s words – There’ll be tears before bedtime (to coin another phrase) in St. Peter’s tonight, you’ll see!

    I think what the Vatican is suggesting is that we all put our hands over our eyes and ears, and rock back and forth (to coin a phrase) while loudly keening, “I can’t hear you! I can’t hear you!” And if they’re not, they should be. It’s the only reasonable thing to do in this situation.

    (They fitted the butler up! Betcha!)

  3. kathleen says:

    A bit belated I’m afraid, but here is a great video from Michael Voris when news of the scandal of the leaked documents broke.
    We must all stand with the Holy Father to keep off the ‘Vatican wolves’.

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