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Say It Ain’t So, Monsignor

A top Vatican official was reassigned to a job he didn’t want after he complained about contracts that might have been tainted by corruption.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, left, the former deputy governor of Vatican City, wrote whistleblowing letters last year to Pope Benedict and other Vatican leaders.

After he complained, Vigano was transferred out of the Vatican’s building and grounds department. He was appointed in October to be the Vatican’s ambassador in Washington.

An Italian TV station leaked the internal Vatican correspondence.

Vigano’s letters alleged that contracts were awarded based on ‘corruption, nepotism and cronyism,’ according to a Reuters report.

His appointment as ambassador to the U.S. was technically a promotion. But Vigano wrote to the Pope in March last year to complain:

Holy Father, my transfer right now would provoke much disorientation and discouragement in those who have believed it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of power that have been rooted in the management of so many departments.

The total amount of alleged corruption in the Vatican isn’t known. Vigano’s letter to the Pope said $2.5 million was lost in one deal alone.

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