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Shroud of Secrecy: The Story of Corruption Within the Vatican Paperback – April 1, 2000

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The Millenari are a group of Vatican prelates who wish to remain anonymous due to their fear of repercussions from this book's publication. The only author to come forward is 72-year-old retired Vatican prelate Monsignor Luigi Marinelli. Marinelli worked for many years in the Vatican department of the Congregation of Eastern Churches. He was recruited to the writing team by an unnamed Vatican official who had heard Marinelli criticize the inner workings of the Vatican. Marinelli is now under investigation by the Sacra Romana Rota-the court of the Vatican State. He has been honored with France's Freedom of the Church award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books; Re-Issue edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552631427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552631423
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, an effort of what the French edition (Le Vatican mis au nu) identified alternatively as the Groupe Les Millenaires, of Luigi Marinelli is quite fascinating. If ever you have wondered about all those power ploys of Romish Catholic church politicking in the highest of high places (the Vatican, of course), Babylonish sexual doings of the Vatican pink (gay) mafia, and so forth, here is the book for you, translated, one hopes, with English better than the at times challengingly difficult and unclear French prose of another translation, from the Italian original. The book is entertaining and revealing. While daring, it does not breach the bounds of good taste and makes for a lively read.
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This book effectively discloses the lack of integrity in the Church.. Well writen and presented. Yet, it leaves one with the feeling that one has only exposed the tip of the iceberg. For other books that expose Vatican lies on a much broader scale try "Murder in the Vatican" by Lucien Gregoire and "In God's Name" by David Yallop.
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The message that there is [illegal activity] in the Curia is hardly news, but these prelates endlessly repeat the allegation, claiming that power and honors go to the treacherous, incompetent and cooperative, while those sincerely devoted to truth, justice and service are humiliated and ostracized. I have no doubt that nepotism and avarice dominate Vatican politics but these Milinari sound like the guys whose candidate didn't win, whining about how unfair the process is. On one hand, they chronically point out that clerical office is not about careers and all should be done in service to the poor and disadvantaged, but then they refer to numerous cases of "deserving" prelates who were overlooked or shut out of higher office. Do they actually point fingers? Well, sometimes. But it's hard to tell when they're being serious, when they're speculating, or when they're just being cute.
The editor explains that this book's authors are native Italian speakers with a strong Latin streak and that a "faithful translation would have been unreadable". The significance of this warning soon becomes apparent. Their tedious diatribe is constantly interrupted by "stories", which begin abruptly and end ambiguously. Some are sophomoric jokes, some are allegories and some are actually presented as true events, occasionally including actual names, more often just vague hints. In at least one story, they get mixed up, confusing Pius XII with Paul VI. All the stories are artless and are usually followed up by a threatening Bible verse from Jeremiah, Malachi or Jesus, usually railing against the priests and Pharisees. The verses are rendered in bizaarely stilted English ("Why smitest thou me?") and, with perhaps [traditional] Catholic style, are devoid of chapter and verse references.
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The book is difficult to digest even if you are interested in the crisis unfolding in the Catholic Church. The book is primarily cheap gossip exploiting the immature gay sexuality of the Vatican. The writer gloats excitedly over petty indiscretions and drops names of clergy no one knows except those who live inside the walls of the Vatican. What is appalling is the fact that the authors are in denial about what is really going on and misses the important elements of the situation like the cause, the harm done to the faithful and a remedy. Unless you are interested in Paris Hilton in a roman collar don't bother.
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product and service very good.
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