Among the claims of a recent article by the Washington Post about the “culture of corruption” in Vatican City is that companies working in the city frequently receive up to double market value for their work.
The article focuses on Carlo Vigano, the archbishop Benedict the sixteenth (or “B16”) charged with cleaning up the Vatican. Vigano pissed off the wrong Cardinals, and he was recently made ambassador to the United States, a classic demotion by the way of promotion.
The main thing I wonder about this article is the portrayal of B16 as doddering and easily manipulated. I wonder if we aren’t giving him enough credit. We’ll probably never know the extent of what goes on at the Vatican – but the little bit we have seen reads like a John le Carre novel.