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The Vatican is still annoyed at the leaks of confidential proceedings to the media by U.S. cardinals. All cardinal electors are now in Rome: the Conclave nears
There is still no decision on the date but the Curia has imposed a media blackout so cardinals are not allowed to give information tot he press. Tensions have been rising in the past few days, leading to yesterday morning's clash between “Romans” and “foreigners”.
The Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano and the Camerlengo, Bertone (who have formed an alliance against cardinals outside the Curia after eight years of mutual hostility) did everything in their power to contain the solid group of U.S. cardinals. In the name of transparency, U.S. cardinals had held a series of parallel news briefings with the press on the issues relating to the Conclave. The briefings were held at the Pontifical North American College where the cardinals are currently staying. For this reason on Monday Rigali, the U.S. cardinal who is closest to the Curia, was given the task, through Re, of letting his group know that these news briefings were inappropriate. On Tuesday, Sodano supporter Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo also had a go at urging them to stop: “Americans talk tot he press more because it's their style, they are expansive.” A glasnost which violates a century-old tradition of discretion and stealthy caution. The American cardinals finally gave in to growing pressure from the Vatican, cancelling their umpteenth press briefing. The Vatican's irritation came like a slap in the face in the midst of the Synod Hall. "Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings,” the U.S. cardinals' spokesman Mary Ann Walsh later explained. Dolan's 14:30 press conference was cancelled an hour before it was due to start.
The press embargo which the “Roman faction” has imposed on the Americans could cause a dramatic boomerang effect. A starts and stripes pope is considered a plausible possibility even by Ruini supporter Dino Boffo. “ “I would not be surprised if a candidate from the New World was chosen.” The director of the bishops' TV pointed to the model that helped the Church in the fight against the sex abuse scandal: “Just look at the Boston diocese which was among the worst hit; now the Seminary is full and faithful have started making offerings again.”
Originally posted by 2012newstart
The press embargo which the “Roman faction” has imposed on the Americans could cause a dramatic boomerang effect. A starts and stripes pope is considered a plausible possibility