On Saturday, the Holy See press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi released the following statement regarding the latest publication of confidential documents:
The latest publication of documents of
the Holy See and private documents of the Holy Father can no longer be
considered a questionable - and objectively defamatory - journalistic
initiative, but clearly assumes the character of a criminal act.
Father, but also several of his collaborators and the senders of messages
directed to him, have seen their rights to personal privacy and freedom of
The Holy See will continue to explore the
different implications of these acts of violation of the privacy and dignity of
the Holy Father - as a person and as the supreme authority of the Church and
Vatican City State - and will take appropriate steps so that the authors of the
theft, those who received stolen property and those who disclosed confidential
information, using illegally obtained private documents for commercial use,
answer for their acts before the law. To this end, if necessary, the Holy See
will seek international collaboration.