The next pope will be the only person given access to a report
on the damaging leaks last year of Pope Benedict XVI's private papers to
Italian media, the Vatican announced on Monday.
"The Holy Father has decided that the acts of this investigation, known only to himself, remain solely at the disposition of the new pope," it said.
The Vatican statement came after a meeting between Benedict and the three cardinals who wrote the report, Benedict Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko, and Salvatore De Giorgi, after the pope set up a commision to probe the scandal.
The pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, was jailed last year for leaking sensitive papal correspondence to Italian journalists that allegedly laid bare venomous power struggles and corruption in the Vatican, but Benedict pardoned him.
Italian daily La Repubblica last week cited an unnamed source as alleging the report had uncovered a lobby of "worldly" gay prelates that could affect individual promotion prospects and wielded "external influence," claims attacked by the Vatican.
There had been speculation Benedict might authorise the commission that prepared the report to disclose its contents to cardinals ahead of next month's conclave due to elect his successor following his surprise resignation on 28 February.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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