After centuries of secrecy, Vatican vexed by leaks

Can the Vatican still keep a secret?

Such a question was once unthinkable for an institution legendary for its ability to keep its lips sealed. In recent weeks, however, the Holy See has suffered an unusual hemorrhage of in-house leaks.

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Vatican officials are struggling to figure out if the leaks are a string of coincidences or part of an internal campaign to undermine the Holy See’s leadership by violating a tradition of confidentiality that has long held together church ranks, according to several officials.

In any case, the best-kept secret inside the Vatican these days may be who, exactly, is doing the leaking.

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